Train 18 no less an achievement than Chandrayaan’

Train 18 no less an achievement than Chandrayaan’

The architect of Train 18 and Southern Railway’s Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer (PCME) Shubhranshu has called for a working environment that is “free from fear, suspicion and inter-departmental conflicts” to deliver Vande Bharat Express trains to the nation as desired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a letter to Chairman of the Railway Board V.K. Yadav, the officer said while Mr. Modi in his Independence Day address urged the Indian Railways to roll out more Vande Bharat Express trains for the people, the third rake itself of the iconic train was nowhere in sight.

Mr. Shubhranshu’s letter comes at a time when the making of Vande Bharat Express has come to a grinding halt at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai due to a variety of reasons, including allegations of one firm being favoured in the award of tenders and deviation of specifications set by the Research Design and Standards Organisation.

Last month the Ministry of Railways directed the ICF to cancel all ongoing tender processes for the making of the flagship Train18 model rakes. Read More

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