Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways flags off a game changer move! The country's first 'Make in India' EMU rake for suburban travel on Western Railways is ready for use! The rake has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai and what makes it special is that its propulsion system is indigenous. Earlier EMUs of Indian Railways have systems from either Bombardier or Siemens.
The manufacturing cost of these rakes is also said to be lower because of this reason. The cost of a single rake with 12 coaches is Rs 43.23 crore. We take a look at some salient facts about the new 'Make in India' EMUs:
The rake is fitted with a "high power fully Made in India" 3-phase propulsion system. The rake is powered by Hyderabad-based firm Medha Servo Drives. For this reason, is commonly known as the 'Medha' rake.
The rake has in-built systems to minimise breakdowns during travel. The rake can travel at speeds up to 110 kmph.
The first-class coaches have cushioned seats, while the second-class seats are of stainless steel. According to ICF, the luggage racks are user-friendly.
The stainless steel coaches have easy to slide and light weight doors with 'user friendly' locking arrangement. ICF has also provided LED-based lighting for better illumination and energy conservation.
ICF claims that the ergonomically profiled seats and air suspension system provide for better passenger comfort.
GPS based information systems with audio visual indication of stations is yet another facility of these rakes.
The rake has modular roof-mounted forced ventilation system which supplies 16000 cubic m/hr fresh air into the passenger area.