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Ire of higher ups: Man behind Train18 feels the heat

New Delhi: The man behind the design and development of 'Train 18' (India's first semi high speed train later rechristened Vande Bharat Express) feels the heat of taking up an administrative issue bluntly in the department. As reported by The Hindu his decisions proved distasteful to the higher ups inviting their ire.

 

Southern Railway's Chief Mechanical Engineer Subhranshu was transferred to Rail Wheel Plant, Bela in Bihar as Chief Administrative Officer last week. His present posting is being termed as punishment posting with no routine transfer due to him which is in normal course done in two years.

 

The power corridor is considering his decision as reason for his abrupt unceremonious transfer. As reported ordering the suspension of on board housekeeping services in several trains proved counterproductive for him as it pointed out that Southern Railway was running out of funds to pay contractors’ dues. 

 

Though the Railway Ministry swung into action and released an amount of Rs 50 Cr immediately as against the pendency of Rs 38.6 Cr till August 22, 2019.

 

Interestingly, the sanction of fund anf Subhranshu's transfer order came almost simultaneously.

25 Aug 2019
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Procedural issue hits Train18

Even as the preparation for official flagging off of the ‘Shatabdi killer’ Train 18 is in full swing, the new trainset is reportedly facing a procedural problem as to whether it needs clearance from the Electrical Inspector to the Government (EIG). Train 18, to be India’s fastest at 180 kmph, will ply between Delhi and Varanasi, covering the over 750-km distance in around 8 hours and will be flagged off by PM Narendra Modi. Reportedly, the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS), while giving a conditional safety certificate, has said that since each car of Train 18 has 8 motors and a transformer underneath together drawing power from an electric line of 25,000 volts, the EIG clearance is needed.

 

However, the view of the Railway Board is that the clearance from EIG is not required as the rolling stock is legally exempt and the electrical safety of the coaches has been duly inspected as well as certified by the top-level electrical engineering establishment at the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) in Chennai, where the train set has been manufactured. The self-propelled Train 18 set has also been certified by the RDSO (Research Designs and Standards Organisation).

11 Jan 2019
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Ire of higher ups: Man behind Train18 feels the heat

By IndianMandarins 25 Aug 2019

New Delhi: The man behind the design and development of 'Train 18' (India's first semi high speed train later rechristened Vande Bharat Express) feels the heat of taking up an administrative issue bluntly in the department. As reported by The Hindu his decisions proved distasteful to the higher ups inviting their ire.

 

Southern Railway's Chief Mechanical Engineer Subhranshu was transferred to Rail Wheel Plant, Bela in Bihar as Chief Administrative Officer last week. His present posting is being termed as punishment posting with no routine transfer due to him which is in normal course done in two years.

 

The power corridor is considering his decision as reason for his abrupt unceremonious transfer. As reported ordering the suspension of on board housekeeping services in several trains proved counterproductive for him as it pointed out that Southern Railway was running out of funds to pay contractors’ dues. 

 

Though the Railway Ministry swung into action and released an amount of Rs 50 Cr immediately as against the pendency of Rs 38.6 Cr till August 22, 2019.

 

Interestingly, the sanction of fund anf Subhranshu's transfer order came almost simultaneously.

procedural-issue-hits-train18

Procedural issue hits Train18

By IndianMandarins 11 Jan 2019

Even as the preparation for official flagging off of the ‘Shatabdi killer’ Train 18 is in full swing, the new trainset is reportedly facing a procedural problem as to whether it needs clearance from the Electrical Inspector to the Government (EIG). Train 18, to be India’s fastest at 180 kmph, will ply between Delhi and Varanasi, covering the over 750-km distance in around 8 hours and will be flagged off by PM Narendra Modi. Reportedly, the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS), while giving a conditional safety certificate, has said that since each car of Train 18 has 8 motors and a transformer underneath together drawing power from an electric line of 25,000 volts, the EIG clearance is needed.

 

However, the view of the Railway Board is that the clearance from EIG is not required as the rolling stock is legally exempt and the electrical safety of the coaches has been duly inspected as well as certified by the top-level electrical engineering establishment at the ICF (Integral Coach Factory) in Chennai, where the train set has been manufactured. The self-propelled Train 18 set has also been certified by the RDSO (Research Designs and Standards Organisation).

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