Production of Vande Bharat Express comes to a grinding halt

  1. Recently,the production of India’s first semi high-speed train called as Vande Bharat Express(Train 18) has been stopped at the Integral Coach Factory(ICF) in Chennai.
  2. The reason is that the design of the Train has been found to be violative of certain specifications.
  3. The primary issue was that making of Train had dozens of deviations from the specifications prescribed by Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO).
  4. Further,investigation is also going on into the allegations that one company was favoured in the making of the Train 18.
  5. Train 18 is India’s first indigenously built engineless train capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph,It is also being referred to as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express.
  6. The fully air-conditioned semi-high speed train will cut travel time by 15% as compared to the Shatabdi.It has been manufactured under ‘Make in India’ initiative by the Integral Coach Factory(ICF).
  7. The features of the train include (a)modern air-conditioned coaches (b) touch free automatic doors (c) GPS-enabled passenger information system and (d) onboard uninterrupted Wifi and infotainment system.