Mumbai, April 19: Soon commuters will get to travel by railways having air conditioning systems fitted with automatic doors. Railway Ministry and the Maharashtra government gave a nod for various railway projects for the state.On Tuesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reviewed various railway projects for the state in a meeting. “The Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis have agreed in principle to manufacture air-conditioned rakes and fit them with automatic doors. Now, we only await a formal approval from the authorities,” Prabhat Sahai, Managing Director, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, said. While the city railway authorities had approved air-conditioned rakes, the final nod from the Railway Board was awaited.
“With an official confirmation on the proposal, further decision on its cost sanction and other tenders will now be worked out. The rakes are going to be different from those in use now. With a vestibule system, they will cost more. We estimate the 47 rakes may cost somewhere between Rs 80-100 Crore,” Sahai added.
“We are trying to get the first prototype in the city before the slated two years. In the meantime, we expect completion of the major projects under MUTP III, which will build the utilization capacity of the rakes,” Sahai added. “Removing encroachments around the station remained a major topic of discussion. The ministry has also decided to increase afforestation by planting saplings in the vacant spaces around the tracks,” D K Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway said.