Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said VB trains would also be manufactured in Sonipat in Haryana, Latur in Maharashtra and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.
The central government has given the green light to produce Vande Bharat rakes at three additional rolling stock manufacturing facilities in the country. The plan was announced in the Union Railway budget released by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday.
Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said at a virtual press conference that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat vision, VB trains will be produced at three more locations: Sonipat in Haryana, Latur in Maharashtra and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.
Vaishnaw pointed out that the VB trains, currently being manufactured at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF), will be manufactured at three more locations to help increase production. “The eight VB trains operating in the country have received positive reviews from passengers,” he said.
Mr. Vaishnaw thanked the Prime Minister for presenting the Vision Railway Budget, allocating ₹2.41 lakh crore, and said that 1,275 railway stations will be developed under the Amrit Bharat Station plan overall.
The Ministry of Railways has also announced plans to design a Vande Metro train this fiscal year, a type of suburban train similar to the Vande Bharat train. He said that with over 85 per cent electrification of the tracks, Indian Railways plans to promote green energy production.
Indian Railways under Gati Sakti has identified a segregated corridor to undertake rail infrastructure projects.