The Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Indian Railways, and Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) have signed a memorandum of understanding for the second phase of Mumbai Urban Transport project.
The MRVC will be seen taking the step to revamp the 85-year-old system of Mumbai suburban train network. The project is funded by the World Bank and the Corporation has introduced new trains with upgraded coaches and a new technology which saves energy through a better brake system.
“The RDSO will be the technical partners in the project, for which MRVC will pay Rs 9 crore,” said KBL Mittal, Director General, RDSO. As a part of first phase, the MRVC has introduced 1,000 new coaches in 84 new trains. Altogether, 250 trains are to be introduced by the end of second phase in 2015.
RDSO that has designed the new coaches has an air ventilation system that will monitor the carbon dioxide level inside coaches even in rush hours. Plus, there is a GPS-based passenger information system and improved lighting. The seating capacity of the coaches has also been increased by 33 per cent