By: Santoshee Mishra
Field trials of the automated-doors on local trains could not continue on Monday, with the rake being sent for routine maintenance. Western Railway officials, however, said that they had an important feedback from commuters regarding the doors, which have been installed in a single ladies compartment of a Siemens rake.
“The commuters have made a request for audio-video visual alarms, while the automated-doors close and open at railway stations,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer (CPRO) of Western Railway. “The passengers have pointed out the necessity of such an alarm like present on the Metro trains,” he added.
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Trials of the rake during rush hour on a weekday were planned for Monday, but, the rake was due for routine maintenance, not related to the installation of the doors. The Railways have introduced the automatic-sliding-doors, with a view to minimise accidents occurring on trains, due to overcrowding and commuters falling off the running trains.
On March 13, the first trial runs began on the train running between Mahalaxmi and Borivali.
Railway officials also said that retrofitting the rake with the automated-doors was a challenge, and some teething problems could be possible. “There are challenges while running the automatic sliding doors installed raked in the rake – the doors are curved, the parts of the doors including a cabling system and control system have to be coordinated. If the co-ordination of these three is disrupted, the doors’ functioning may be affected and that is why the trial is necessary during peak hours, “ added Chandrayan.
Also, instead of the ‘grab pole’ at the center of the footboard, there are two poles on either side of the doors, the railways informed. A grab pole in the centre could affect the closing motion of the doors.
Bombardier rakes, waiting since October 2013, to be inducted into WR network
The Bombardier rakes, which arrived in Mumbai in October 2013 and have been waiting for various approvals will finally be inducted in the Western Railway’s suburban section within a few days.
Railway officials said that the pending clearances for the rakes have been received recently and the trains would be introduced into service this week. Initially only two rakes from Bombardier will be added to the present services of Western Railway.
“ We received the approval from the Railway Board on Monday and we would all meet to decided on the timings of these rakes to be introduced in the services. It will be introduced very soon,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer (CPRO) of the Western Railway.
Under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)-II, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation had in November 2011 signed an agreement for 72 rakes to be supplied by Bombardier Transportation. Of these, 32 will be allotted to Western Railway and 40 were for Central Railway.