Steel pole of Siemens rake bends under pressure

The committee has asked MRVC to      improve the tensile strength of the poles as they tend to bend under rush hour pressure

Mumbai : The steel pole on the footboard of Siemens rakes bends under pressure and the screws at its base come loose, the high court-appointed accident monitoring committee has said in a letter to the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC).

 The committee, which met on Tuesday, has asked MRVC to improve the tensile strength of the poles as they tend to bend under rush hour pressure.

Railway activist Bhavesh Patel, who is a member of the HC-appointed  committee, said, “I myself have fallen due to the weak poles which have come off. These poles also have low tensile strength which causes them to bend with excessive load exerted during the peak hours with several commuters clinging on to them.” The problems are found in the new Siemens rake which was bought in 2007 and used on both Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR).

 The committee has also asked MRVC to recommend the necessary changes in the poles of the Bombardier rakes that will be manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF). MRVC has ordered a set of 72 rakes which will be manufactured and bought by May 2015. The trials of two rakes are at present going on Central Railway.  Another member of the committee, Subhash Gupta said, “The polls are too slippery and should be of a rough material which would provide a better grip to the passengers.”

Gupta further said, “MRVC has not yet replied to our previous letter sent to them. These are small details that can be cause of accidents and need to be taken care of.”

MRVC officials denied receiving any such letter. Chief PRO of MRVC, Prabhat Ranjan, said, “We have not received any such letter so far neither are we aware of the meeting.”

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