New Delhi, Aug 22 : The Railway Board has accepted the proposal of Defence Public Sector Undertaking BEML Ltd designed Stainless Steel Electrical Multiple Unit (SS EMU). These units will be built for first time in country.
The Board is placing developmental order for six rakes. These SSEMUs will be replacing the existing corten steel EMUs in a phased manner now running in Mumbai and Chennai suburbs.
The total requirement is of 3000 cars with a business potential of Rs.5000 crore in the coming years.
The Railways are operating a substantial fleet of EMUs in the Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi sectors. These EMUs are made with Corten steel and are corrosion prone resulting in high maintenance cost, more down time and reduced life.
To overcome these problems, BEML had proposed introduction of Stainless Steel EMUs with improved aesthetics, pleasing interiors with increased life.
The stainless steel technology once adapted for the EMUs can be extended to the mainline EMUs also. Based on the experience gained in manufacture of state-of-the-art stainless steel Metro cars for Delhi Metro, BEML has already established the required infrastructure and is the only company having set skills for manufacture of stainless steel EMUs in the country.