World Bank insists on Timeline for delayed Bombardier rakes

मुंबई Mumbai: The World Bank (WB) is miffed with the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) because of the more than one year delay in delivery of 72 Bombardier rakes.

The World Bank, which had sanctioned a Rs 4,436 crore loan for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 2A under which the new trains were to be delivered, in a meeting with MRVC officials on Monday asked them as to the reason for the delay.

Officials on condition of anonymity said that the WB was told by MRVC that the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety in Lucknow had sent an approval letter for the new rakes to the Railway Board in Delhi on February 18.

“The 72 rakes have become a matter of ego among railway officials; they are already dealing with a lot of public and political pressure about the delay in the rakes and had to reassure the World Bank that delivery would happen soon because finally the former has paid the money,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

Senior officials present at the meeting said that WB officials insisted on a timeline. “The WB officials were given assurance that the rakes would be delivered to them in the next 10 days. Although nothing has happened yet, they seemed extremely concerned about the delivery,” said a senior official.

The 72 rakes had undergone trials in October and November 2013, on the Kalyan to Karjat section but were stuck in safety checks ever since.

The Commissioner Railway Safety in Mumbai had objected to 64 features, chief among which was the gap between the footboard and platform that was thought to be too wide.

It was only after both the Central and Western Railway assured that the platforms would be raised that the file was sent to Lucknow.

A second meeting will be held on Tuesday.