Mumbai: The Central Railway (CR) has asked the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) for Rs 4 crore to fix closed doors on two of its rakes. A total 44 doors will be fitted in the first- and second- class ladies compartments of these two rakes. The move comes after Western Railway (WR) ran closed doors on its system for the first time on March 13.
A CR official on condition of anonymity revealed, “We have asked the MRVC to give us around Rs 4 crore. Unlike the WR which has fitted closed doors only on two entrances in the middle first-class ladies, the CR will install 44 such doors.”
If MRVC agrees, CR will float tenders for companies to come forward and work will start after award of contract. “Since we are opting for 44 doors, it will be a massive production and hence, we will need around Rs 4 crore for the project. We will do the work either in our Matunga or Parel workshop. The entire process will take us around six months,” the official added.
Like on WR, the doors will be retrofitted i.e. equipment will be added to normal doors, enabling them to open and shut and each door will cost around Rs 5 lakh. Since this is only the second experiment, CR is keen to run its two rakes during morning peak hours. “We want to see how the train will run during morning peak hours when office-goers are in a hurry to make it to their office on time,” said the official. The CR is also looking to provide heavy-duty ventilators in these trains as it ferries around 50.5 lakh passengers, daily.