Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off the all new Medha rake that comes under country’s first ‘Make in India’ EMU rake for suburban travel on Western Railways. Soon after giving a green signal to the train, Prabhu took to Twitter and said “1/ At Mumbai today to dedicate a host of amenities, services,Rail Infra to the nation from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. 2/Flagged off new Miraj-Solapur Express.Will give boost to Rail Connectivity in the region, provide convenience to people.” Manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai, the rake has a special indigenous 3 phase propulsion system. Earlier EMUs of Indian Railways have systems from either Bombardier or Siemens.
The rake is special as it will save foreign exchange worth 50 lakh USD per EMU rake along with 25 per cent saving in the cost of manufacture. Maximum speed of the rake is 105 km/ hour. 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. Read More…
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