With Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing plans to roll out 75 new Vande Bharat Express trains by August 15, 2023, Indian Railways is expecting to have new sets of ultra modern trains commercially available from June 2022 onwards.
“The first prototype rake is planned to be rolled out in March 2022 and the same will be put for commercial service by June 2022,” a senior railway official said.
The railways already told Hyderabad-based firm Medha to advance its production plan, so that at least two prototypes can be rolled out by next March, said the official. Medha secured the contract to supply the electrical systems for 44 Vande Bharat trains in February this year.
The railways also floated a tender for 58 new Vande Bharat trains including design, development, manufacture, integration and testing of traction propulsion electrics.
With both the tenders, the railways expect to have 102 Vande Bharat trains by 2024, two months before the general election.
The new Vande Bharat train sets will have more passenger amenities and safety features including better seating, security system, four emergency windows per coach, disaster lights in all coaches and four emergency push buttons per coach, said the official