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Apr 29 2019 (18:44)   Bengaluru's suburban rail network to soon get a feature-packed, three-phase MEMU train

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BENGALURU: The city’s skeletal suburban rail service is likely to get an image makeover as the South Western Railway (SWR) is preparing to induct its first three-phase MEMU (mainline electric multiple unit) train.
The feature-packed, technology-driven eight-coach MEMU rake — which is undergoing safety tests in Bengaluru — is expected to provide users an experience of travelling in a Metro in terms of speed and comfort.
“We have got the coaches. There will be a lot of tests that need to be done. It will take some time,” said Ajay Kumar Singh, general
manager, SWR. The date of induction, he said, has not been decided. Nor has the railways decided on the route on which it will run.
The three-Phase MEMU train is one of the latest from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), the Chennai-based leading rail coach manufacturer. While Nagpur was the first city to get these train sets in June last year, the ICF plans to make more rakes as it could be best used for short and medium distance suburban rail services.
Officials in the SWR said the eight-coach train requires approval from the commissioner of railway safety (CRS). “The train has advanced features. It’s energy-efficient and provides improved acceleration and braking performance. The train body is made of stainless steel,” the officer said.
Currently, the SWR operates nearly 100 commuter services in Bengaluru. While a majority of them are passenger trains (44), there are about 30 MEMU and 24 DEMU trains, catering to more than 2 lakh short-distance train users daily.
The three-phase MEMU train consists of eight coaches with a total carrying capacity of about 2,400 passengers. The maximum speed of the new MEMU rake is 110 kmph.
The train has features such as stainless steel flip-free flooring, bench-type cushioned seats, double-leaf sliding doors (automated) and LED lighting. It also has a CCTV surveillance system, GPS based passenger information system and two toilets in each coach.
Officials said the train will not be fully air-conditioned but added there is a plan to introduce AC suburban trains in future. It could be commissioned on the Cantonment-Whitefield stretch, sources in the SWR said but it’s officially not confirmed.
Prashanth Srinivas, founder-director of Catalytic Think Tank Forum, urged the Railways to introduce A/C trains with automated doors for all suburban rail services in Bengaluru. “The distance between the proposed suburban rail stations in Bengaluru is over 5 km. Automated door closing will be of use both from safety point of view and ticketing. In Mumbai local, two people die everyday due to overcrowding of trains. That can be avoided in Bengaluru,” he said.

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