Indian Railways may use one of its existing facilities to manufacture the coaches for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Modern Coach Factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli is one of the options being explored by Indian Railways. MCF had made a detailed presentation to the high-powered committee on the bullet train project recently. “A fresh plant for making bullet train coaches would require a strong order book, which will not be possible with a single project,” a person close to the development said on the condition of anonymity. “Any manufacturer will set up a plant only if there is assured demand,” the official told Financial Express Online.
The land acquisition process for the project is on. While laying the foundation stone for the Rs 1.1 lakh crore project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the project would be executed under the Make in India programme. Recently, an MCF team under Rajesh Agrawal, the then general manager of the Modern Coach Factory, made a presentation to a high-level group on the possibility of manufacturing bullet train coaches at the facility. This group, consisting of officials from India and Japan, is closely monitoring the progress of the bullet train project. Agrawal has since become a member of the Railway Board. Read more