Get set for a more comfortable local ride from 2013


Local Train in CST
MUMBAI: Commuters can expect cushioned seats and improved furnishing in second class compartments of Mumbai's local trains soon, as the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation  (MRVC) has drawn up a list of changes which will make upcoming rakes more swanky.

The MRVC has inked an agreement with Bombardier transportationfor the design, development, manufacture, supply and commissioning of electrical fittings for 72 rakes at the cost of Rs 1,064 crore. Each rake will cost Rs 32 crore, inclusive of Rs 16-crore worth of electrical fittings.

An MRVC official said, "We are toying with the idea of providing cushioned seats in second class compartments for a better ride as compared to the existing seating material made of hardboard." First class compartments will have better-quality cushioned seats and modified luggage racks.
A senior MRVC official said, "The idea is to change the design by altering the backrest and creating more leg space." It has already been decided that the new rakes will have stainless steel bodies instead of the current Corten steel ones. The National Institute of Design will work with the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, on the design of the rakes.

The first two prototype 12-car rakes will be put on trial in Mumbai by early 2013. If the trials are successful, four such rakes will be supplied per month from December 2013 onwards.

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