Every rake takes two days for maintenance, as the numbers of the EMU (electric multiple unit) rakes are more.
Mumbai:The second air-conditioned (AC) local train is expected to arrive in Mumbai by January 2019. The Western Railway (WR) general manager A.K. Gupta on Friday announced that it would be similar to existing one. The chances of increasing AC services will be high, as the WR would have two AC rakes. Moreover, AC services may also be extended on the weekend, provided there is demand for this. At present, the WR runs a dozen AC services from Monday to Friday.
Speaking with reporters at WR’s Mahalakshmi Sports Ground on the sidelines of the Railway Protection Force celebrations of its 34th Raising Day, Mr Gupta said, “We are expecting the new AC rake in the next four to five months. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is supplying some equipment for the rake. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) is manufacturing the coach. We are hopeful that the second new AC rake will come by January 2019.”
He also said that the ICF has been told about the demerits of the existing AC rake and that it would sort it out the problem in the coming AC rake or future rakes.
Asked about the time consumption for maintaining rakes, Mr Gupta claimed there was no problem with the current rake as far as maintenance is concerned. Every rake takes two days for maintenance, as the numbers of the EMU (electric multiple unit) rakes are more.