Pune: In order to make passengers more comfortable, the Indian Railways is planning to upgrade rakes of local trains running between Pune and Lonavla, informed Rajesh Agarwal, Railway Board Member of the Rolling Stock. He was interacting with mediapersons after a conference organised by Maratha Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) on Saturday. However, he raised concerns about maintenance of the coaches in Pune.
Milind Deouskar, Divisional Railway Manager, and other high ranking officials were also present during the interaction.
Agarwal said, “We are updating the rakes. Within the next one year, we will be coming with three phase propulsion rakes. Right now, we have single phase propulsion rakes. We are coming up with air condition rakes in Mumbai area and looking to do the same in Pune area also. The maintenance facilities will need to be improved. We will be also looking at the expansion at Daund.”
Deouskar said, “We will be having demo rakes running between Pune, Satara, Miraj and Kolhapur. We are working on upgrading the technology and the comfort level of the passenger. Our core focus is on long-distance travel and not on suburban travel. But still, we are working on suburban travel as well.”
Speaking on the third and fourth lines between Pune and Lonavla, Deouskar said, “It is in demand. The land acquisition is an issue between Pune and Chinchwad and not between Chinchwad and Lonavla. But, we will soon resolve the issue. Things will improve.”
When asked about metro coaches to be purchased from China or other countries, Agarwal said, “We don’t import coaches from China or Germany. Approximately, 98-99 per cent of coaches are Made in India. Indian Railways has been the national integrator, so we are not importing anything. We have a ‘Letter of intent’ from them for MahaMetro for starting to make two rakes.”