Red tape in railways keeps three new, upgraded MEMUs off tracks
| Monday | 11th February, 2019
“We are waiting to conduct speed trials at 110kmph in the Villupuram-Dindigul section,” said another official.
Kulshrestha did not respond to calls from TOI.These MEMUs, developed at ICF from September 2018, can carry 10% more passengers as its electrical parts have been shifted below the coach (under-slung).
Each rake costs Rs 26 crore.Though the SR is unable to run the three MEMUs allotted to it, general manager R K Kulshrestha has written to the Railway Board demanding 20 MEMU rakes for conversion of passenger trains.
This is a waste of such a costly asset, which could have helped to de-congest existing trains on the suburban section,” the official, seeking anonymity said.
MEMUs are narrower in size compared to regular EMUs and hence can have better safety compliance.Sources said Southern Railway officials on January 18 wrote to the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) — the research wing of the Railways.
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