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The Railway Ministry clearing the decks for the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here to continue making Vande Bharat Express trains is seen as a welcome move though senior officials are doubtful of rolling out 45 rakes, 720 coaches, by 2021-22.
Even if tenders are floated immediately as per the revised specifications approved by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), it would take at least two years to roll out the first prototype for operation after the mandatory oscillation tests and safety approvals.
A senior railway official told on Sunday that, while it would take three months to open tenders for scrutiny, another two months would be needed to finalize and award work.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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