Indian Railway (IR) will shortly be floating a global tenders to acquire 60 160km/h tEMUs (Electric multiple unit) at an estimated cost of Rs 38000 crores for use on main line services, Rail Journal reported. Seven of the aluminium-body distributed-traction trains will be imported, while the remainder is set to be manufactured in India under a technology transfer arrangement.
Rail Journal quoted a senior IR official as saying that the tenders will be issued anytime now so that the first of these fast-moving trains procured under the tender can commence commercial operations by 2022.
In 2016, IR unveiled Mission Raftaar a multi-pronged strategy for running high-speed trains (with a speed of over 300 kmph), semi high-speed trains (160 to 200 kmph), increasing the speed of existing trains and introducing train sets similar to Train-18.
As part of this project, IR will acquire 100 new trains by 2022. India’s fastest train – the Vande Bharat Express – currently clocks a top speed of 160km/h Read More
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