Metro Railway is likely to get eight operational Medha rakes from Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, this year. At present, only three of its six Medha rakes are operational. One of the remaining had to be sent back to the Chennai factory for major restructuring.
The other two are in Kolkata but will require a few modifications before they can be pressed into service.
Metro Railway principal chief operations manager Satyaki Nath said, “Problems with the other two rakes have been rectified. The rest will be dealt with by technicians from ICF when they arrive here after finishing with the rake sent back to the factory. We would like to have at least two more Medha rakes operational before Puja. By the end of this year, we hope to have eight of them in service.”
Metro now has 25 operational rakes. Nine of these are extremely old, having been manufactured decades ago. They are more prone to malfunctions and require extensive maintenance. There are the 13 older AC rakes. Some of these are quite old and require a lot of maintenance. The remaining are the three Medha rakes that were recently pressed into service.
Even with 25 rakes, Metro rarely gets 21 in fit condition for the day’s services. “The routine demands keeping one rake on standby. But, getting even 20 fit rakes is difficult on some days as some have to be sent for periodic overhauls. After the Medha rakes, ICF will supply another lot,” Nath said. While ICF used the Medha propulsion system for the present supply of 14 rakes, the next lot will have another company supply the same. Two rakes have also been ordered from the Modern Coach Factory at Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.
Source: Times of India