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Railways to increase production capacity of coaches

Railways to increase production capacity of coaches
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Mar 01 2009. 03 00 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Mar 01 2009. 03 00 PM IST
New Delhi: Following its record turnover, Railways have now decided to increase the installed and production capacity of coaches, wagons and locomotive manufacturing units with emphasis on modernisation.
Capacity augmentation would be carried out matching the projected requirement in the coming years, a senior railway ministry official told PTI.
“While the production of both Integral Coach Factory, Chennai and Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala would be raised from 1000 coaches to 1500 coaches per annum, production of locomotive units would also be raised,” he said.
“Installed capacity of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works and Diesel Locomotive Works would be pushed up from 150 locomotives each to 200 locomotives each per annum,” he added.
The move follows even as the Government has decided to set up greenfield locomotive manufacturing units in Marhowra for diesel locomotive and Madhepura for electric locomotive.
Commissioning of these units is, however, expected to take some time. Railways have now decided to execute the projects alone instead of taking the PPP mode due to lack of response from private players.
It will procure 800 electric locomotives of 12,000 HP each and 1000 diesel locomotives of 4500 to 6000 HP each from these factories over a period of 10 years after commissioning.
Railways have also decided to ramp up production capacities of rail workshops for wagon manufacturing, reflecting railways increased focus on freight revenue growth.
Statistics reveal that during the eleventh five year plan, the PSU behemoth has set a target of producing over 62,000 wagons and about 17,500 coaches. Besides, it has targeted to roll out 1800 electric locomotives and as many diesel engines during this period.
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First Published: Sun, Mar 01 2009. 03 00 PM IST