Minister inspects Duronto coaches at RCF
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 01, 2009, 17:13
Kapurthala: Minister of state for Railways E Ahamed on Saturday inspected the newly developed Duronto coach, manufactured by the Rail Coach Factory here.

The Duronto fast trains would run non-stop from its origin to destination without any break in the journey, as announced by the Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee in her budget speech earlier.

Ahamed saw the functioning of the factory and the production of various types of coaches.

He took interest in the newly developed Duronto coach, which has been manufactured in a record time of 10 days and suggested the Rail Coach Factory General Manager to make provision for the first aid facilities in the new coaches.

RCF is likely to roll out seven to eight rakes of high speed Duronto coaches during this year, according to an RCF official.

Talking to mediapersons later, the Minister said that trials were going on with non-air conditioned old double decker coaches on Mumbai-Pune section for running the double decker trains in the metropolitan cities to cope up with the heavy rush of daily commuters. RCF was also developing air conditioned Double Decker coaches, Ahamed said.

RCF General manager Pardeep Kumar told reporters that RCF engineers were busy in preparing the designs of the these double decker coaches and said that the factory would develop the coach within a period of one year.

Replying to a question on the proposed fast corridor between New Delhi to Amritsar rail section for running of the bullet trains, the Minister said railway had made the initial surveys and would carry out the extensive survey for the construction of this fast corridor.

The idea of fast corridor was conceived by the former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad and the railway had not dropped the proposal, the Minister said.

When asked about bringing out of white paper as announced by the Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee on the alleged inflated figures of profit shown by railways during the tenure of Lalu Prasad, Ahamed refused to comment and said that the white paper would be out soon.

The Minister said railways top priority is the safety of passengers and it would take all the necessary steps to avoid the rail accidents.

When his attention was drawn towards the RCF employees demand for recruitment of workers to meet the high production targets, the union minister said that railway was facing this problem everywhere and the ministry would look into it.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 01, 2009, 17:13

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