Rail commuters in Southern Railway (SR) must wait longer than they had thought to board a Train 18 built in the Integral Coach Factory (ICF).
Rajesh Agarwal, member (Rolling stock), Railway Board (RB) on Tuesday revealed that they have not received requests to operate Train 18 from the state. Interacting with media persons after inspecting the coaching unit here, Rajesh said, “Let the requirement come from the state of Tamil Nadu. I don’t think any request has come from the state government as of now. Normally, requests come through the Parliamentarians from the state.”
Asked if such requests were received for Delhi-Varanasi sector, the evasive Railway Board member said the Delhi-Varanasi route was a promising one. “Whenever we introduce a product, it is done where it is most promising.”
On operating Train 18 on Chennai–Bengaluru sector, he said, “Bangalore is nothing. I can take a Shatabdi also. Delhi-Varanasi is most promising. It is running full.”
No demand for AC EMU rakes for SR
Even as the Southern Railway was reported to have placed request for two AC EMU rakes on par with Mumbai, Rajesh said, “We have no demand for AC EMU rakes for the Southern Railway. If they raise it, I will take it up.” Joining the issue, ICF general manager and in charge of SR, Rahul Jain said, “We are trying to have fast corridor of Southern Railway get operational shortly. After fast corridor is commissioned, we have to work it out,” before adding that it was necessary to juxtapose pricing, stocking and dwell time of the rake with rake requirement.