Web Exclusive | February 2013
Railways ties up with BHEL for MEMU coach factory
The Main Line Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains equipped with higher acceleration capacity are expected to move faster on electrified tracks and would benefit daily commuters. Rajasthan will give the Railways 200 acres of land in Bhilwara for setting up the MEMU coach factory and BHEL will set up the factory which will manufacture 400 coaches in a year, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said at the MoU signing ceremony in New Delhi.
While an MoU was signed between Railways and BHEL in New Delhi for setting up a Rs 1,000 cr state-of-the-art MEMU coach factory in Bhilwara, the national transporter will sign another MoU with Rajasthan for the joint venture project. As per the agreement, new MEMU coaches will be designed to have toilets and comfortable seating arrangements.
Bansal said that currently Railways have 160 MEMU trains while the demand for shorter routes have increased manifold. There will be a requirement of about 9000 MEMU coaches in the next 10 years. So there is a need to step up production of more MEMU coaches.
MEMU trains are required for faster connectivity with suburban areas. Nine MEMU coaches comprise one MEMU train. These trains have engines on both sides so they can operate in both directions quickly. Each MEMU train with nine coaches can carry 1,800 passengers as each coach has seating capacity of 100 passengers and equal number of people can stand as there is space for standing passenger as well.