MUMBAI: A design gone wrong spells bad news for Central Railway commuters. The much-touted Bombardier rakes that were supposes to replace the worn- out old rakes will not be able to operate as they are taller, posing problems once the system switches from direct current to alternating current traction.
Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) had ordered 72 of these new-age electrical multiple units (EMUs) in 2011 at a cost of Rs 3,041 crore. Forty were to operate on CR's suburban system and 32 on WR's.
A senior CR official, "The maximum height of the coach should be 4.27 metres for the rakes to operate on CR. The BT rakes' height is around 4.29 metres. It will not be possible to operate them on CR."