Mumbai : The metropolis is unlikely to get Bombardier locals by Independence Day as promised by General Manager Hemant Kumar. With just 10 days to go, Western Railway is yet to get the approval from the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) following which they will require approval from Commissioner of Safety as well.

On July 18, WR General Manager had said that the Bombardier locals, which had completed the trials will be operational from August 15. But can the certification from the RDSO along with a green signal from CRS be given to WR in the next 10 days is a question that no one is ready to answer.

As another roadblock for the Western Railway, CRS of Western circle has written a letter to Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) asking them whether a condonation letter approving the changes in the height and width of the coaches has been procured form the railway board. The change in the height and width of the coaches is needed as the height of the platforms has been raised from 840 mm to 900 mm. The reply to the letter that was sent on June 9 is awaited. According to a source, the condonation letter for the coaches running on platforms with height 840 mm was taken but the same has was not taken for the platforms with height 900 mm.

 CRS of Western circle, PS Baghel said, “We have written a letter to MRVC asking some details and are waiting for the reply.”

The new Bombardier locals are aimed at easing the commuting experience wide complete stainless steel and wider doors and windows. The new rakes will be also user friendly for the motormen with the control panel improvised and will run on only Alternating Current (AC).  The locals have been undergoing trials since the last seven months since January 2014. The Chief PRO of WR, Sharat Chandrayan said, “We have yet not received clearance from RDSO and we will get it soon.”

Iram Siddique

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