Routine Overhaul Depot to come up at Maneswar in Sambalpur: DRM/Sambalpur

SAMBALPUR: A Routine Overhaul (ROH) Depot of the Railways will come up at Maneswar area in Sambalpur city at an estimated cost of Rs 49.16 crore.

The drawing for the ROH has already been prepared and it is at the approval stage, said Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur Railway Division, Jaideep Gupta.

Gupta said land for the project has already been identified, and the tender will be floated after the design is approved.

The proposed ROH Depot here will have a capacity to overhaul 100 wagons in one month.

The wagons require complete overhauling in 18 months to ensure safe. The refurbishing work of the wagons will be carried out here after the ROH Depot is commissioned, he said.

Gupta said a Periodical Overhaul (POH) Workshop will also be set up at Narla road under the Sambalpur Railway Division at an estimated cost of 186.37 crore.

Work on a Road Over Bridge (ROB) with Foot Over Bridge (FOB) to mitigate the traffic problem at Khetrajpur area will be completed within 18 months after the work order is handed over, he added.

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Railways to step up Electric Loco production at Varanasi

SAIL’s Universal Rail Mill/Bhilai told to raise output of Electric Loco Wheels

VARANASI: In a move to reduce its fuel costs, the Railways has started increasing the share of electric engines in its overall locomotive production. It has also set higher targets for such locomotives at its Varanasi-based Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW).

It is looking to “curtail production” of diesel locomotives.

The Railways has already taken steps towards this end – with SAIL being advised to gear up production of electric locomotive wheels.

There is a proposal to shut down wheel shop of Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), which was discussed recently.

As per the revised estimates, set in early 2017, the electric locomotive production programme for the fiscal 2017-18 is at 350 of which DLW will have to produce 25 locomotives, up from at least two electric locomotives produced in fiscal 2016-17. There is also a target to manufacture 425 electric locomotives of which 75 will be made in DLW.

The Railways is increasing the pace of electrification of its network as it looks to reduce the fuel cost as well as improve emission norms. Incidentally, a recent release stated that the joint venture of GE and Railways imported the first of 40 diesel electric locomotives to India. The remaining 960 will be built at the factory, which is being constructed at Marhowra and will open in 2018.

This is a part of the $2.5-billion agreement for 1,000 diesel-electric locomotives, signed in 2015 as part of government’s public private partnership program (PPP) to modernise the country’s rail infrastructure, GE had said.

GE in its statement had added that it was creating a supply chain eco-system in India, and will localise more than 70 per cent of all content.

“We’re proud of the more than 6,000 jobs that have been created by GE in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and remain committed to our work in the country,” it said.

SCR bags “1st Best Innovation” Award on Indian Railways

SECUNDERABAD: Ministry of Railways awarded “1st Best Innovation Award” to South Central Railway in the category of Suggestion Scheme of Best Innovations by Indian Railways for the year 2016-17. South Central Railway won the award for its innovative contribution in train operations with the idea of “Automatic Single Car Test Rig” developed by Carriage Work Shop, Lallaguda. This award comprises a cash prize of Rs.3 Lakhs. Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager complimented Carriage Work Shop, Lallaguda for the achievement. The second best innovation awarad was given to Railway Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow and third best innovation award was given to Eastern Railway.

Automatic Single Car Test Rig designed and developed by Carriage Work Shop, Lallaguda is used to perform air brake testing on coaches to ensure proper functioning of Air Brake System. Automatic Single Car Test Rig is designed with state of art programming, which makes it a unique product on Indian Railways. This system authenticates testing of Single Car Air Brake system which ensures Passenger safety in train operation. This machine is so designed that it can work in any climatic condition; robust and suitable for Railway working system. This is a portable machine which will give a power backup up to 6 hours.

AUTOMATIC SINGLE CAR TEST RIG AT CARRIAGE WORKSHOP / SECUNDERABAD

The existing manual Air Brake testing system will consume more time and the testing parameters cannot be recorded whereas, the Automatic Single Car Test Rig minimizes the time for testing, avoids human errors, records the tested parameters and stores the data in the Database. The Automatic Single Car Test Rig is developed based on the MicroController programming. The stored data can be printed in the standard format by connecting a printer using the USB port or the data can be transferred to any data storage device. The machine is inbuilt with (DBMS) Data Base Management System to store the test parameters and the same can be retrieved to generate various reports and Managerial information. The stored information can also be used to analyze performance.

SCR Launch Mobile App to Educate Railway Staff

Sri N.Madhusudan Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, South Central Railway launched a mobile application for updated information for Railway staff on all subject matters concerning Operating and Commercial departments at Zonal Railway Training Institute(ZRTI), Moula-Ali, Secunderabad on 17th October, 2017.

Speaking on the Occasion, Sri Madhusudan Rao stated that the App is very much useful and helpful to the down level staff also because they can view the information and get their knowledge updated with latest information, Circulars etc with regard to issues pertaining to operating and commercial departments. He opined that the Nation is moving towards digitalization in every aspect, so Railway is also planning to digitalize all the documents and registers such as Train Signal Registers, Private Number Exchange Registers etc. Further, he advised the staff to improve their skills and knowledge to meet the requirements of the nation. He appreciated the ZRTI faculty for developing such a useful mobile app.

The Mobile App is uploaded in Google Play Store which can be downloaded by staff in any smart mobile with Android compatibility. The faculty of ZRTI will upload the mobile app with updated information, amendments and important circulars etc. The updated information upto the last updated time will remain for reference when the user is offline. The app also contains animated clippings on Train working during abnormal conditions.

Later, Sri Madhusudan Rao interacted with the trainees at ZRTI and advised them to perform their duties perfectly. He said that most of the unusual incidents occur because of not following the rules and advised them to go through each one of the rules and strictly adhere. Shri K.V.Rao, Chief Traffic Manager/G&PP, Shri A.L.N.Reddy, Principal, ZRTI also participated in the Program.

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Work on Diesel Factory in Bihar’s Marhowrah on track: says Vishal Wanchoo, President & CEO of GE South Asia

NEW DELHI: US giant General Electric today clarified that the work on a diesel locomotive factory in Bihar’s Marhowrah is on track, days after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal ruled out speculations that the government might exit the project contract.

The project, a joint venture between the Indian Railways and the GE, was announced in 2006-07 to supply and maintain modern diesel electric locomotives of 4,500 HP and 6,000 HP to the railways.

The railways had issued the Letter of Award for setting up Diesel Locomotive Factory (DLF) with GE Global Sourcing India in November 2015.

But with government’s thrust on electrification of tracks to combat pollution, there was a buzz, and some media reports, that it could exit the contract for manufacturing diesel locomotive.

“The first of 1,000 diesel-electric evolution series locomotives has already arrived at India’s Mundra Port,” Vishal Wanchoo, President and CEO, GE South Asia told PTI in the sidelines of the International Rail Conference and the 12th edition of the International Rail Equipment Exhibition (IREE) 2017 held here today.

“The work in our diesel factory in Bihar is on track and as the minister has said there are no changes in the contract,” he said, adding GE was actually ahead of schedule.

“The plan is to deliver 100 locomotives per year on an average. The first fiscal year will be little bit more. We plan to deliver the 1,000 locomotives to Indian Railways over 11 years,” he said.

Goyal had last month said that there would be no changes in the Marhowrah factory set up.

But, the railway minister had also said that he had discussions with top executives of GE to explore how the objectives of reducing pollution, bringing down overall cost and honouring agreements with the global conglomerate be met.

Wanchoo said GE has no plans to manufacture electric locomotives at the Marhowrah factory.

“GE bid for diesel locomotives and our Bihar plant can manufacture only diesel locomotives. Two contracts were floated and we bid for the diesel plant.

“However, we support the government’s electrification process. In every country that we operate, we supply these locomotives. Most countries wherein we operate have an electrification program, which makes a lot of sense, but the diesel locomotives also co-exist for various reasons as they are efficient and affordable,” Wanchoo said.

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Capacity of Rae Bareli Coach Factory to be increased five times to 5000 Coaches a year

Ministry of Railways to invest about Rs 2,000 Crore for expansion
Spot welding in side wall of Indian Railway coaches at Modern Coach Factory , Raebareli (MCF)

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today said Indian Railways will be making an investment of around Rs 2,000 crore, in the next couple of years, for expansion of its various manufacturing units across the country. The capacity of the Rae Bareli coach factory alone is expected to be increased five times to 5,000 coaches per year, the minister said at a CII event in New Delhi. However, he did not divulge the timeline for the same.

The Indian Railways manufacturing capacity from its three factories — Intergral Coach Factory, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh) and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala (Punjab) is expected to be ramped up to 7,000-8,000 LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch – named after its German supplier) coaches from the current 4,000 coaches.

At present, around 51,000 Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) coaches and 5,500 LHB coaches are made in the Kapurthala factory.

“A major part of the investment would go to the ICF in Chennai,” Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board told reporters in New Delhi.

According to Gupta, infrastructure improvement at the Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli is expected to take about one-and-a-half years or so and a similar time horizon for ICF is also expected. Once the modernisation work is complete, Indian Railways would be in a position to ramp up its LHB manufacturing capacity to 7,000-8,000 coaches from the current 4,000.

However, he added that Indian Railways’ expansion plan would be complete by mid 2019-20.

Indian Railways has decided to shift to LHB coaches, but increasing production requires a sharp ramp up from the present annual coach production target of 2,435 coaches. The vendor capacity also needs to be increased accordingly. To this, Gupta said that the Railways was working towards increasing its vendor base.

Meanwhile, on the overall improvement of Indian Railways, Goyal said efficiency in operations and timely payments can save up to 30-40 per cent of the procurement cost for Railways.

The Railways procures material worth more than Rs 50,000 crore annually to cater to the needs for production and maintenance of rolling stocks, signaling, tracks and fuel. It had also identified a few high-value items, including high-speed diesel, where significant savings can be made during the current financial year (2017-18).

The Railways procures high-speed diesel worth Rs 15,000 crore a year and is the single largest buyer of diesel in the country.

Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli

Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli (earlier Rail Coach Factory, Raebareli) is a rail coach manufacturing unit of the Indian Railways at Lalganj near Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. The factory is the third facility in India that produces railway compartments besides the Integral Coach Factory at Perambur in Tamil Nadu and the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala in Punjab. The factory was inaugurated by the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on November 7, 2012.

The project was approved in the Supplementary Railway Budget for 2006-07. Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for the factory in February, 2007 and land acquisition for the project commenced in April, 2007. However, in 2008, following the victory of the Bahujan Samaj Party in the Uttar Pradesh elections of 2007, the new government under Chief Minister Mayawati cancelled the land deed for the factory halting construction work there. The Allahabad High Court permitted the project to proceed after a public interest litigation petition was filed before it. In January 2009, construction of the factory began again which was inaugurated once again by Sonia Gandhi. The same month, Indian Railways signed a 99-year land lease agreement with the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The delay led to the cost of the project rising from an initially estimated ₹1685 crores to about ₹2500 crores

The factory has come up on a total area of 541 hectares of land of which 283 was acquired from private parties. The factory was constructed by the IRCON INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (IRCON). 1450 jobs are to be given to families that were affected by the land acquisition besides the compensation package and the Lucknow Division of the Northern Railways is expected to generate another 1000 job opportunities as a result of the factory becoming operational. The factory adheres to stringent pollution control norms for curbing air pollution and spillage of oils and employs fume and sewage neutralisation syste.

The factory is expected to manufacture 1000 Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coaches annually.

Anubhuti coaches, which are state of the art LHB coaches featuring ergonomically designed cushioned seats, LCD screens, modular toilets and stylish interiors, announced in the Railway Budget of 2013 are to be produced at the Rae Bareli coach factory. These coaches will progressively be introduced on the Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express train.

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Snapping GE deal may cost Railways Rs.1300 Crore in Penalty

NEW DELHI: The government is keen to ensure that it reaches an accord with General Electric over the diesel locomotive project that the US conglomerate is setting up. Indian Railways faces a potential liability of Rs 1,300 crore if it terminates the contract with GE for making diesel engines at Marhowra in Bihar.

“We’re working with GE on the possibility that no party loses anything,” the official said. “Their officials have told us they’ll get back in some time.” While the railways doesn’t regard the penalty as a large amount relative to the savings it will make in the event of a fully electrified network, the government nevertheless expects to reach an accord with GE without resorting to termination. “As per the exit clause, we’ll have to pay Rs 1,300 crore to the company and we’ll also lose equity in the project,” a top railway official told. “It’s not a huge amount given that the savings on account of 100% electrification would be Rs 8,000 crore a year. However, we have no intention of terminating the project and have already offered GE to use the same facility to manufacture either electric locos among many other options.”

In case the railways decides to exit the project, the move would have to be cleared by the cabinet. The project involves an investment of Rs 1,300 crore by GE on 200 acres provided by the railways as its equity contribution, along with an infusion of Rs 100 crore. GE on Tuesday cautioned the railways that it would incur substantial costs in case it went forward with changes to the joint venture. The company also said foreign investment in India will take a hit if this happens. GE executives confirmed that the railways would be liable to pay Rs 1,300 crore. However, the company is yet to analyse the legalities and the liability could be higher in case of termination, they said.

Railways has a total fuel bill of Rs 25,000 crore, out of which Rs 16,000 crore is for diesel and the rest for the purchase of power. The diesel bill would come down by half with 100% electric traction. The prototype of the GE locomotive is to reach India on October 10 after which the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) will run tests on the unit. According to the terms of the agreement with GE, the railways will procure more engines after RDSO approval.

The railway ministry signed the contract to manufacture 1,000 diesel locomotives in Marhowra with GE in 2015. The company was offered an assured offtake worth Rs 14,600 crore over a period of 10 years. However, when Piyush Goyal took over as rail minister earlier this month, he declared his intention of having a 100% electrified rail network. The railways has said it won’t require any more diesel locomotives as the remaining 34,000 km of rail network will be electrified in the next four years. India has a 64,000 km rail network.

Study the rise in India-risk, examine options to mitigate this

Cancelling the $2.6 billion diesel locomotive contract with GE, should that happen, would be unfortunate given the questions it raises and the signals it sends. If, just two years ago, this very government thought it needed 1,000 diesel locomotives over a decade, and this is now considered unnecessary, it calls into question the type of planning being done. But if railway minister Piyush Goyal is convinced about his maths, that he will save around Rs 8,000 crore a year by full electrification, he is well within his rights to explore the option of cancelling orders for 1,000 diesel locomotives. His calculations, that the prime minister needs to independently ratify given the enormity of the decision being taken, have to include the feasibility of being able to achieve 90% electrification by 2021—from 45% right now—and factor in various scenarios that include different tax levels on diesel/electricity as well as the feasibility of using electric locomotives in all railway stretches, the need for back-up locomotives, etc. Assuming the maths adds up, it would be foolhardy to not recommend what Goyal is suggesting. After all, when there is a big technology change, both individuals and companies do scrap existing equipment/agreements and move on. In the power sector in India, right now, older PPAs that are very expensive are being sought to be scrapped and replaced with less expensive ones—one of the solutions being examined to lower Delhi’s power costs, for instance, revolves around scrapping some existing PPAs. Cancellation of agreements is a global phenomenon, so if the cancellation does happen, it is important not to portray the event as something that has never happened anywhere in the world before.

But in the final calculation, it is important to factor in the big rise in the India-risk as investors baulk at investing, especially given other unfriendly government policies that this newspaper has written about in sectors like telecom, pharmaceuticals, electricity and agriculture, among others. Once the cancellation takes place, both Indian and foreign investors will look for a higher reward-risk ratio before making new investments, and they will be extra-cautious in areas with a large government role; we are already seeing investor hesitation in the power sector where some electricity boards are trying to renegotiate PPAs signed just a few years ago. If, despite this, the government decides to go ahead and terminate the GE contract, it is critical that it pay all damages and not try to renege on these or negotiate to lower them. Normally, apart from the usual damages clauses that all agreements have, there is the option of going in for arbitration, whether locally or globally. India’s record here, however, is very poor—in the Cairn/Vodafone/Reliance cases, it has tried to delay proceedings several times and, in the DoCoMo case, it even argued against implementing the award even though that was against the Tatas and not the government. At the end of the exercise, India has to convince investors this is a one-off exercise, and that’s not going to be an easy task.

 

GE warns Centre of risk in altering $2.6-billion Railway Deal

The new Railway Minister’s decision for 100% electrification raises a question mark over the future of a $2.6-billion contract awarded to GE.

NEW DELHI: It took eight long years for the Indian Railways to make a mark in public-private partnership sphere, when it awarded two marque contracts for manufacturing locomotives to GE Transportation and Alstom in 2015.  Two years later, the Railways are wondering whether they need the $2.6-billion diesel locomotive contract placed with General Electric (GE), while continuing with electric locomotive contract with Alstom at Madhepura.

In a blow to PM’s pro-industry image, US giant General Electric on Tuesday said any move by the Indian Railways to wind up the company’s Marhowra diesel locomotive factory in Bihar would “undermine the government’s signature Make in India initiative and will put future foreign investment at risk”. “If railways moves forward with changes to the joint venture, they will undermine one of the most promising infrastructure projects in the country and put future foreign investment at risk. This will also undermine the government’s signature Make in India initiative,” the company said in response to a questionnaire.

India could also be on the hook for “substantial fees associated with this project”, the company stated.

The proposal to wind up the project was mooted in a review meeting held by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on September 7 since the railways plans to become fully electrified. The $2.6-billion deal for supplying diesel locomotives and setting up a locomotive factory was the largest foreign direct investment in the history of railways and also the largest deal in the 100-year-history of GE in India.

In case the government decides to scrap the project, it would be liable to pay GE damages that would include compensating investment made by the company. “The company has placed supply order of about $1 billion with its suppliers who would raise claims on GE which in turn would seek that from the government,” said an official who did not want to be quoted.  The company further added that an alteration of the contract will have serious impact on job creation and skills development and cause “the government to incur substantial costs”.  It, however, said, “We expect the partnership to move forward and the company continues to fully execute towards the plan.” Though in a meeting with Goyal last week, the idea of converting the diesel plant to electric was discussed. GE does not manufacture electric locomotives. “Moreover, GE got the project through a bidding process and the cost of an electric and diesel plant may differ,” a railway official said.

The bid was allotted to GE on November 9, 2015. Other than the GE, US-based Electromotive Diesel (EMD) and two Chinese firms were also in race to bag the Marhowra project. “We are on track and actively fulfilling our contract with Indian Railways to develop and supply 1,000 fuel-efficient diesel-electric Evolution Series locomotives,” GE said. GE said two locomotives have been built and tested and the first locomotive has been shipped and will arrive in India on October 10.  The project was expected to create a robust supply chain ecosystem in India, constituting 60 new local suppliers and 10 global suppliers to achieve over 70 per cent localisation.

The company had already hired 1,000 roles in the factory and maintenance shed and 5,000 jobs created and sustained in the supplier network.

Analysts says “Indian Railways exiting the Diesel Locomotive contract surprising”

Indian Railways’ reported move to reconsider the Marhowra diesel locomotive project, awarded to General Electric (GE) in 2015, may not spell good for the transporter, which is hinging on private investments to fund its projects, according to analysts.

Indian Railways’ reported move to reconsider the Marhowra diesel locomotive project, awarded to General Electric (GE) in 2015, may not spell good for the transporter, which is hinging on private investments to fund its projects, according to analysts. The Indian Express on Monday reported the railways is looking to wind up or exit the contract as it plans to electrify all routes. The transporter plans electrification of 24,400 km of routes by 2020-21 in a phased manner of which 4,000 km are to be electrified in 2017-18. However, according to a Railway Board member who did not want to be identified, railway minister Piyush Goyal has asked officials to double the target for the current year to 8,000 km and electrify all routes at the earliest.

Though GE confirmed to a television channel that it is implementing the plant, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani said the issue will be studied in depth and no final decision has been taken. According to an analyst with one of the Big Four consulting firms, the news of the railways thinking of exiting the diesel locomotive contract looks a little surprising. “This will have an impact on the IR’s image as it was a global tender. It is not a good sign for the long term at time when private investment is low,” said the analyst. A former Railway Board member, however, added that every such contract has an exit clause for the parties concerned and, if at all the railways abandons the contract, it will cost the transporter. The former member added that there must be very strong reasons to quit such a project.

After almost a decade-long delay, the railways had awarded the Marhowra and Madhepura (electric locomotive factory to Alstom) projects with a foreign direct investment amounting to Rs.40,000 crore. In both cases, railways has assured initial offtake. For the Marhowra project, the Indian Railways had assured offtake of 1,000 units over a period of 11 years at a basic cost of Rs.14,656 crore and the electric locomotive project was assured offtake of 800 units at a basic cost of Rs.19,904 crore. The diesel locomotives are to be of 4,500 HP and 6,000 HP and the electric locomotives of 12,000 HP. The former railway board member said the railways will have to see how it will plus the deficit of locomotives in case it plans to phase out diesel locomotives. As per the newspaper report cited earlier, the railways may also stop fresh investment in rehabilitation of diesel locomotives.

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Eye on Electrification, Indian Railways looks at winding up Bihar diesel project

The Railway Board is also working on a plan to immediately halt the rehabilitation of diesel locomotives, and ensure that no new investments are made on infrastructure to maintain stocks.

NEW DELHI: Given that electrification is the roadmap for the future, the Railways is considering the possibility of exiting or winding up the Marhowra diesel locomotive factory being set up in Bihar’s Saran in partnership with General Electric, two years after the project was awarded.

This possibility was discussed during a review meeting of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal with members of the Railway Board on September 7, according to internal communications issued a day later.

The reason for the proposed move is that diesel will no longer be used by the Railways, which is expeditiously implementing the near-total electrification of its network with the aim of moving to a cheaper and cleaner source of energy.

Following the discussions, the Railway Board is required to move the matter on files “on top priority”, according to the communications. However, any move to exit or wind up the project would require a formal mandate from the Union Cabinet

When contacted, Ashwani Lohani, chairman, Railway Board, told “All aspects of the matter are being examined right now. It is too early to comment on the modalities.”

When asked to comment on the proposal to exit the project, a GE spokesperson responded with an emailed statement on behalf of the company. “We are on track and actively fulfilling our contract with Indian Railways to develop and supply 1,000 fuel-efficient diesel-electric Evolution Series locomotives, bringing modern rail infrastructure and new high-skills jobs to the country. Two locomotives have been built and tested. The first locomotive has been shipped and will arrive in India on October 10 for IREE (International Railway Equipment Exhibition),” it said.

“The construction of our Brilliant Factory in Marhaura, Bihar and maintenance shed in Roza, UP are well underway and expected to be completed on time. The project creates a robust supply chain ecosystem in India, constituting 60 new local suppliers and 10 global suppliers to achieve over 70% localisation. Roughly 1,000 direct and indirect roles have been hired to support these efforts in the region,” it said.

Railways officials said that all pros and cons will be taken into consideration, keeping in mind the interests of all stakeholders, before a final decision is taken.

The Railway Board is also working on a plan to immediately halt the rehabilitation of diesel locomotives, and ensure that no new investments are made on infrastructure to maintain stocks.
The decision to go for all-electric traction was taken during the tenure of Goyal’s predecessor Suresh Prabhu last year, and formalised earlier this year, sources said. Goyal took charge of the ministry following the Cabinet reshuffle early this month.

The Railways had awarded contracts for the Madhepura electric and Marhowra diesel locomotive factories in Bihar to Alstom and GE, respectively, in 2015, in a function attended by a number of Union ministers, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who described the twin projects as a “win-win situation” for all stakeholders.

The Marhowra and Madhepura projects were billed as the biggest FDI in the rail sector, together representing around Rs 40,000 crore of investment, according to statements issued by the government.

For both factories, the Railways has committed an assured offtake — in other words, a commitment that it would consume the supplies. But the latest line of thinking within the ministry is that there will be no need for new high-horsepower diesel locomotives, and that the current stock would hold good for the next two to three decades.

Officials said that work on the Marhowra project is proceeding on schedule. According to the timeline, the construction of the main shed was to be completed this year, they said.

“Over 67 acres of land were given by Railways to the project. Work is on in full swing. The contract has a complicated exit clause whose financial implication will now be worked out,” said an official.

The twin projects were former railway minister Lalu Prasad’s “gift” to Bihar, and announced in his Rail Budget speech a decade ago. The latest move may turn out to be a contentious one because the BJP is now part of the JD(U)-led government in Bihar, and the Opposition, led by RJD, can be expected to protest the loss of an industrial project of this size.

“These factories would have led to the substantial development of ancillary manufacturing units, generation of direct and indirect employment, and substantial development in the region,” said an official, referring to an official briefing on the project two years ago.

The previous UPA government had put both projects in cold storage because the assured offtake model was deemed controversial, and linked to possible loss to the exchequer.

The Marhowra project was expected to manufacture and supply modern diesel electric locomotives of 4,500 HP and 6,000 HP — in combination, they could operate as 9,000 HP and 12,000 HP multiple units. Madhepura, on the other hand, would manufacture and supply modern electric locomotives of 12,000 HP.

Under the agreements, 1,000 diesel locomotives were to be manufactured over 11 years at a basic cost of Rs 14,656 crore, and 800 electric units over the same period at a basic cost of Rs 19,904 crore.

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MEMU Coach Maintenance Unit to come up at Godhni near Nagpur

NAGPUR: In a big boost to development and employment in the region, Godhni, near Nagpur, under Central Railway will soon get a mega depot to maintain Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) coaches.

Nagpur, which is centrally located, is among three cities, after Jaipur in Rajasthan and Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, where such depots will be set up. “The Railway Board has already given a green signal to set up the unit in Godhni, where huge railway land is available,” said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Brijesh Kumar Gupta.

Gupta said Railways have invited financial bids worth over Rs.20,000 crore for manufacturing around 5,000 MEMU coaches at the Kanchrapara rail factory in West Bengal. “The modern and well equipped depot at Godhni will maintain at least 750 MEMU coaches. Earlier, there was a plan to set up the project at Bhusawal but Railway Board decided to go for Nagpur,” said Gupta.

The DRM said it will be a joint venture project and entire tendering process is being handled by the Railway Board. As per the policy decision, there are plans to reduce passenger trains and pitch in MEMU trains. at some locations

“These coaches will be equipped with modern facilities like automatic doors, forced ventilation, bio-toilets, regenerative braking, and better interior design. The stainless steel coaches will run faster than the existing coaches,” said Gupta.

Central Railway sources said that in June last year, railways had sought requests for qualification (RFQ) for manufacturing 5,000 modern EMU/MEMU coaches over the next 10 years in a joint venture model.

The RFQ got good response as Bombardier (Canada), Siemens Consortium (Germany), Alstom (France), CRRC Corporation Consortium (China), Stadler (Switzerland), Medha Consortium (India) and BHEL, an Indian PSU, qualified for financial bidding. Railways will have a 26% stake in the joint venture project.

Sources said last month a section of officials from Siemens and its consultant visited Godhni. They visited the proposed site, a kilometre away from Godhni railway station. The Siemens officials also conducted a soil survey. “Though modalities are still being worked out, the project is likely to be set up over 1 lakh sq feet area,” they said.

Though MEMUs have been deployed across all railway divisions, Nagpur and its suburbs, which are growing manifold, have still been deprived of these fast trains. With the setting up of Godhni depot, Nagpur will now get MEMU trains.

Sources said there were 4-5 services operated from Nagpur to places like Bhusawal, Amravati, Amla, Itarsi, and Kazipet, which could be run using MEMUs. Those coaches could then be utilized to clear waiting list of passengers in other mail/express trains.

Railway officials said EMU/MEMU is the most successful and cost-effective option with adoption of few more technologies to match the transport challenge of suburban network all around metropolitan cities. They are popular trains for suburban travel. This configuration of the train is popular not only among commuters but also as a feeder train to main line trains.

Highways & transport minister Nitin Gadkari had proposed MEMUs for Nagpur in 2012. However, after he became minister, the proposal was sent again to the Railway Board. State power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule too had last year pushed for a local train for daily commuters between Kanhan-Kamptee-Butibori.

Solar Power Plant helps Mysore Railway Workshop save money

MYSORE: The grid-connected photo-voltaic (PV) facility power project commissioned at Mysuru Central Railway Workshop is said to be first of its kind in Indian Railways. The installation of 500 KWp solar rooftop system at the workshop of South Western Railway (SWR) not only saves energy, but also money.

In 2015, the then railway minister had outlined a road map for reducing the use of fossil fuels and switching over to non-conventional energy in a phased manner to reduce the workshop’s carbon footprint and to improve financial efficiency. Accordingly, the workshop was given a target of installing 500 KWp solar power systems over the roof of its different sections.

The project was taken up on Design-Build-Finance-Operate-and-Transfer (DBFOT) basis. The project has been implemented by a private player from whom the railways buys power for a period of 25 years under a power-purchase agreement that specifies a constant tariff. At the end of 25th year, the solar power plant will be transferred to the railways.

Neeraj Jain, Chief Workshop Manager, Central Workshop/Mysore/SWR said, “The plant has been set up over 3,218 sqm area covering rooftops of different sections of the workshop. It consists of 1,562 solar PV modules that collectively produce 500 KWp of energy. This caters to the energy needs of the workshop. Excess power is fed to the grid operated by Cesc under a power purchase agreement.”

Explaining the savings, the manager said the plant helps them save about Rs 15 lakh in the first year, and the figures will improve over the subsequent years. “The green energy generated and exported to the grid reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint,” he added.

Fresh bid to set up Coaching Terminal adjacent to Nemom Railway Station in Thiruvananthapuram

Ministry of Railways propose to have five stabling lines in the first phase at Nemom.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A fresh initiative is on to make the coaching terminal proposed on 12.14 hectares of land owned by Railways adjacent to Nemom railway station a reality.

Instead of the original plan to have 10 pit lines to take care of the maintenance of 30 trains, 12 stabling lines, sick lines, and quarters for Railways personnel at Nemom, Railways have decided to have five stabling lines in the first phase.

“It will be the first phase of the coaching terminal. The proposal estimated to cost ₹67 crore has been submitted to Southern Railway. It will be forwarded to the Railway Board for inclusion in the Works Programme 2018-19,” Divisional Railway Manager, Thiruvananthapuram, Prakash Butani told on Saturday.

The divisional railway authorities’ aim is to link it with the ₹1552.94 crore doubling and electrification of the 86.56-km Thiruvanantha-puram Central-Kanyakumari railway line approved by the Union Cabinet recently.

The focus at Nemom is on stabling lines as they can be used to shift the parked rakes from the Central station at Thampanooor and use them for train operations.

A dedicated line is needed from the Central station to the proposed stabling lines at Nemom and efforts were on to lay it along with the forthcoming doubling works, he said.

The coaching terminal had been mooted taking into account the lack of platforms to handle the trains at the Central station and the satellite terminal at Kochuveli.

The premier station of the State is handling two-and-a-half times its sanctioned capacity and the Thiruvananthapuram-Kochuveli line has become choked. One of the reasons for Railways going in for the truncated version is the likely hurdles over land acquisition and mobilisation of funds, the DRM said.

As the land available (12.14 ha) with Railways is in the shape of a triangle, another 28.33 ha needs to be acquired for the original coaching terminal project modelled on the lines of the Basin Bridge Coaching Depot in Chennai.

GE reveals Indian Railways Evolution Locomotive livery

GE Transportation has completed its first 1000 ES43ACmi broad-gauge diesel-electric Loco for Indian Railways bound for India as part of a $2.5 billion order. The Evolution Series locomotive, IR class WDG4G, sports the railroad’s new paint scheme, a distinctive red and yellow pattern holding special meaning in India, with red and yellow representing ‘energy and freshness’ respectively.
GE Transportation Type ES43ACmi Evolution Series WDG4G locomotive for Indian Railways.

The livery of the Evolution Series diesel locomotives which GE Transportation is building for Indian Railways was unveiled on August 3 when the first painted locomotive was rolled out of the Erie plant’s paint shop. The ES43ACmi required 190 litres of paint, with the red chosen to represent energy and yellow to represent freshness. With paint completed, GE expects to ship the locomotive in a few weeks. It is expected to arrive in India later this year.

‘It is great to see Indian Railways’ first locomotive emblazoned in the railroad’s ornate paint scheme,’ said Nalin Jain, President & CEO of Asia Pacific at GE Transportation, adding the locomotives would ‘instill a sense of pride in Indians nationwide’.

In November 2015 GE Transportation and the Ministry of Railways signed a US$2·6bn joint venture agreement for the supply of 700 Type ES43ACmi twin-cab locomotives of 4 500 hp, to be designated Class WDG4G by Indian Railways, and 300 ES57ACi single-cab locomotives of 6 000 hp.

The first 100 of the 1 676 mm gauge freight locomotives are to be exported from the USA complete or in kit form, while the government’s Make in India programme requires the rest to be produced with mainly domestic components at a factory which GE is building at Marhowra in Bihar.

GE Transportation is preparing to ship the first locomotive from the USA in a few weeks. Production of the ES57ACi locomotives is scheduled to begin later this year.

‘This new ES43ACmi locomotive is ideal for Indian Railways’ modernisation efforts’, said Yuvbir Singh, Vice-President of Global Locomotive Operations at GE Transportation. ‘It will provide greatly improved fuel efficiency and emissions compared to Indian Railways’ existing non-Evolution Series fleet.’

GE partners Skill Development Ministry to train locals for its new Locomotive facility in Bihar

PATNA: General Electric (GE) in partnership with Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is planning to source workers and skilled technicians from Bihar itself, in line with its greenfield manufacturing base being set up in Marhaura (Bihar), service facilities in Roza (UP) and Gandhidham (Gujarat). GE also plans to set up state of the art skilling centres with support from the Ministry.

In November 2015, the Railway Ministry had signed an agreement with GE under which the US firm would invest $200 million to develop and supply the railways with 1,000 diesel locomotives. As per this project, GE will roll out 900 diesel locomotives from a new factory at Marhaura in Saran district of Bihar.

As part of the project, the production of first railway coaches will start from mid-next year from Saran. GE, in collaboration with India Railways, is nearing completion of a diesel locomotive manufacturing plant in Marhaura. A new transmission line to Marhaura is being created to provide electricity to this factory. GE is also coming up with a state of the art maintenance shed for diesel locomotives in railway’s land in Roza near Shahjahanpur.

To discuss the progress of the project, a delegation of GE led by its vice chairman John Rice met Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, on Tuesday. During the meeting Rudy expressed his desire that GE should conduct skill mapping of the surrounding areas in consequent wake of the requirement of skilled workforce in setting of the plant. He stated that the nearing ITIs can be leveraged to offer skilled resources.

GE delegation informed the Minister that it was working on extending support for ancillary industries in that region.

Carriage Repair Shop, Tirupati awarded with “GreenCo-Gold Certification” by CII

SECUNDERABAD/TIRUPATI: The Carriage Repair Shop (CRS), Tirupati on South Central Railway has achieved the distinction for being first of its kind on Indian Railways for any Workshop to receive the prestigious “GreenCo – Gold Rating” Certification for maintaining Passenger Coaches. The GreenCo – Gold Trophy and Certificate awarded by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The Trophy and Certificate was presented by Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways during the World Environment Day Celebrations held at National Rail Museum on 5th June, 2017.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway who guided this initiative, expressed his happiness at the Workshop getting recognition with this prestigious honor and complimented the entire set of officers and staff who were responsible for attaining the landmark. The team led by Arjun Mundiya, Chief Mechanical Engineer, SCR called on the General Manager, SCR at Rail Nilayam, SCR Headquarters.

To achieve this, the Tirupati Workshop has strived hard during the last one year and reduced energy consumption, water utilization drastically.  Energy and water resources management have been put in place. The workshop has added renewable energy measures i.e., solar energy, day pipe lighting, replacement of conventional fittings by LED etc., The green coverage of the workshop has also been increased by planting numerous plants. Solid waste management and scrap disposal management have also been put in place.

Efforts have been made to ensure that water consumption is minimized by inducing water recycling systems. Water harvesting pits at appropriate locations have been developed.  The Workshop is also in the process of developing phyto-remediation to mitigate environmental problems without the need to excavate the contaminated material and dispose it off elsewhere.

The Staff of the Workshop have shown exemplary zeal and dedication with the guidance of M.Vijaya Kumar, Chief Workshop Manager, CRS in getting this Certification.  K.P.Somkuwar, Chief Workshop Engineer and Arjun Mundiya, Chief Mechanical Engineer, South Central Railway were instrumental in guiding the plan implementation to enable the Tirupati workshop get this Certification.

Improvised AC III-Tier Coaches to roll out soon

Each coach will have more USB charging ports, reading lights for all berths and ladders with comfortable footrests.

BANGALORE: Travelling in an AC III-tier compartment will be much more comfortable as the Railways is ready to roll-out refurbished coaches that would be gadget-friendly, secure and equipped with smart toilets.

A new batch of AC III-tier coaches produced by the Modern Coach Factory in Raebareli will be attached to the ‘Humsafar’ train, which is soon going to be launched between Sriganganagar in Rajasthan and Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu. The train will only have AC III-tier coaches.

USB charging ports

Each coach will have more USB charging ports, reading lights for all berths and ladders with comfortable footrests.

Apart from this, additional handles will be there for easier access to the top berth, said a Railway official.
The coaches will have separate urinals for men in the toilets.

Foldable nappy-changing tables for babies will also be available.

A GPS-enabled screen has been installed in each coach to display the train’s location.

Smoke detector alarms, CCTV cameras near doors and tea/coffee vending machines are other features of the coach.

The manufacturing cost of each coach is Rs 2.7 crore, about Rs 20 lakh more than an ordinary AC III-tier coach, the official added.

GE Transportation unveils Locomotive for Indian Railways

NEW DELHI: GE Transportation, a rail industry major in the United States, has unveiled the first of the 1,000 Evolution Series diesel locomotives it is scheduled to produce for Indian Railways.

The locomotive was unveiled at the company’s plant at Erie in the US.

Hundred of the twin-cab 1676-mm gauge locomotives will be exported in finished form or as kits under the $2.6-billion joint venture agreement signed with the Ministry of Railways in November 2015.

The other 900 locomotives will be produced with mainly local components at the upcoming GE factory at Marhoura in Bihar under the government’s Make in India initiative, sources in Railways said.

Of the 1,000 locomotives ordered by Railways, 700 are of 4,500 HP and 300 of 6,000 HP.

Under the agreement, 100 locomotives will be produced annually.

Bright shades have been used on the locomotives to represent “the spices of the country.”

Red conveys energy while yellow reflects freshness.

Joint Venture

A joint venture company between the Ministry of Railways and GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Ltd. has been formed to construct and run the locomotive factory.

The Ministry of Railways will hold 26% equity in the JV company.

The joint venture will maintain the fleet for 13 years from the start of production.

The deal includes clauses guaranteeing minimum levels of performance and technology.

GE will also develop infrastructure at Roza in Uttar Pradesh and Gandhidham in Gujarat to support long-term maintenance of the railway fleet.

The initiative was the first major foreign direct investment (FDI) in rail projects in the country after the limit was raised by the Union government in select railway sectors.

500th non-Railway Diesel Locomotive leaves GOC

TRICHY: Southern Railway general manager Vashishta Johri has sought cooperation from the state government to resume track doubling work on the Chennai- Kanyakumari stretch.

Land acquisition and issues on joint venture between the railways and the state government has stalled work at various places.

He said that work has been completed on a 174km-stretch between Villupuram and Trichy.

This is part of the proposed doubling of 272 km in the Villupuram-Dindigul section. Johri sought cooperation from the state government to complete the work.

The general manager was in Trichy on Thursday. He flagged off a non-railway diesel locomotive from Chattisgarh which was overhauled at the Golden Rock Railway Workshop (GOC). Public sector undertaking companies in the country have their own diesel locomotives and they are brought to GOC for overhauling. This was the 500th such overhaul at GOC, which has earned 471 crore in the process.

It takes 30 days for perform a complete overhaul of a diesel locomotive, unless it has any major technical issues, said a senior official from GOC.

Works of Vadlapudi Wagon Workshop under Waltair Division to begin soon

VISAKHAPATNAM: Construction of the wagon periodical overhauling (WPO) workshop at Vadlapudi under Waltair division of East Coast Railway is likely to start in the next fiscal as the Union railway budget sanctioned 80 crore to the project.

The project is expected to be completed by 2020. At present, Andhra Pradesh has one such workshop at Vijayawada. Vizag’s will be second and first modern workshop with advanced facilities in the state.

The Railway Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), which was entrusted with the task of developing the project, had completed its ground survey and preparation of the detailed project report (DPR). The DPR has been approved by the Railway Board and subsequently, the railway ministry gave its nod to start construction within the next few months, railway sources said.

“The massive budget allocation to WPO in the new fiscal is a good sign. We will take up construction of the workshop on a prioritised basis,” ECoR divisional railway manager Chandralekha Mukherjee told.

The project was sanctioned in 2015-16 at a cost of 213.97 crore. The ministry sanctioned 30 crore in the same budget to begin the works. However, work got delayed due to many reasons and has now resumed with the sanction of 80 crore in the new budget.

Initially, ECoR was in-charge of the project, which was later handed over to the Workshop Projects Organisation in Patna. Now, the Railway Board has handed it over to RVNL.

“The WPO is a major project of the railways. It will be a boon to Vizag, which is going to be developed as a smart city. The workshop can attend to generation, repair and maintenance of wagons of passenger trains, goods and oil tankers. Modern facilities will be added to the workshop,” a senior railway official said.

Initially, ECoR was in-charge of the project, which was later handed over to the Workshop Projects Organisation in Patna. Now, the Railway Board has given it to RVNL.

GM/SCR inaugurates “Automatic Coach Paint Booth” at Carriage and Wagon Workshop

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, GMSCR inspecting Carrage work shop, Lallaguda before inaugurating the Paint Shop

SECUNDERABAD: Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway inaugurated the “Automatic Coach Paint Booth System” at the Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda, Secunderabad  today i.e., 20th March, 2017. He inspected the Lallaguda Carriage Workshop to study the work practices being maintained here.

The Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda has modernized its painting system from conventional brush painting to the Automatic Coach Paint Booth System at a cost of Rs. 6.4 Crores. A full rail coach is placed in the paint booth and painted automatically. The baking oven system facilitates quick drying, thus enabling significant reduction of cycle time for coach painting. This is an eco-friendly painting system, wherein, air & ground pollution and wastage of paint is avoided apart from significant saving in manpower.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, GMSCR inaugurating Paint Booth and Baking oven

Vinod Kumar Yadav inspected FIAT Bogie Unit, Wheel Shop, Carriage Shop, Air Brake Unit, CBC Section during the inspection. He planted saplings in the premises of the Workshop as part of Eco-Friendly management of the environs.

The General Manager congratulated the Workshop for achieving the distinction of being the first Railway Workshop on Indian Railways to receive the prestigious “GreenCo – Silver Rating” Certification awarded by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 14th March, 2017.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, GMSCR addressing the work shop officials during inspection

P.U.K.Reddy, Chief Workshop Manager explained the improvements, history of the Workshop, workflow , manpower and innovations in the workshop through a Power Point Presentation. Shri Arjun Mundiya, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Shri K.P.Somkuwar, Chief Workshop Engineer, SCR, Shri Hem Singh Banoth, Sr. Electronic Data Processing Manager and other Officials accompanied the General Manager.

Ajni Electric Loco Shed overhauls record 222 Locos in a year!

NAGPUR: The Electric Loco Shed, Ajni, under Central Railway’s Nagpur division has achieved a milestone by completing maintenance of 222 locos in the current financial year. This is already 47 locos more than its capacity to overhaul 175 locos each year. The Central Railway is in process of increasing Shed’s capacity to 200 locos which would pave way for even higher output in coming years.

Loco shed at Ajni is considered best among 30 loco sheds in the country. In 2009-10 railway budget sanctioned works to increase its capacity from 120 to 175. However, in July 2014, even before expansion, it had flagged off its 200th locomotive.

The shed was set up on September 22, 1990, to maintain goods train locomotives. In the past 27 years, it has come a long way and is now maintaining all types of locomotives that haul goods trains as well as premium trains like Rajdhani, Duronto and other mail/express ones.

Namdeo Rabade, Senior Divisional Electric Engineer (SrDEE) for traction rolling stock (TRS), told Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Brijesh Kumar Gupta was pushing for speedy expansion. Gupta also visited the shed last week.

The entire facility is spread over 18 acres of which the shed itself covers three acres. Now it is being expanded. The area in repair section has been extended and a 50-tonne capacity crane has been added. Similarly, auxiliary changing, transformer changing, work for underground pits each for inspection and testing and for carrying major schedules are being constructed. Besides, an electronic lab having advanced testing facilities for various type of electronic cards used in 3-phase WAP 7 & WAP 9 locos will also be in place. The shed has switched to LED lighting, which has helped save almost 10% energy till last month.

“This was possible owing to several factors like hi-tech locos with better technology, procuring of new machines and additional staff, besides better funds flow. In 2015-16, Railway Board sanctioned Rs10.75 crore and this financial year it is Rs3.50 crore,” says Rabde.

Rabde added another reason for exceeding maintenance target was reliability of locos, improved workshop culture, especially after installation of CCTV cameras and biometric system, besides staff welfare measures. Ajni loco shed has also reduced failure rate by 25%. “By next year, we plan to achieve a target of 250 locos,” he added.

SCR’s Carriage Workshop at Lallaguda awarded with CII’s “GreenCo-Silver Certification”

De-compost Machine & Disposable Water Bottle Crushing Machines were also installed at Kacheguda Railway Station by the GM

SECUNDERABAD: The Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda on South Central Railway has achieved the distinction of being the first Railway Workshop on Indian Railways to receive the prestigious “GreenCo – Silver Rating” Certification awarded by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 14th March, 2017. This is only the second unit on Indian Railways to have received the award, the first being the Perambur Carriage & Wagon Workshop which got a Bronze rating earlier. Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway expressed happiness and congratulated the Officials & Staff of Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda for achieving the feat.

Indian Railways made a commitment in 2016 budget that it would convert Production Units and Workshops into green industrial units. As a step towards this, the Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda took up environmental friendly practices, there by earning the prestigious GreenCo – Silver Certification from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The CII has assessed the green initiatives taken by the Workshop, which involves 8 (eight) parameters including energy & water conservation, renewable energy, green house gas emission, waste management, material conservation, green supply chain, recycling and flora-fauna & innovations, all of which contributes to the Workshops performance on the green front.

The endeavor towards Carbon Neutral approach of the Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda has succeeded in reducing Carbon footprint by 10% in comparison to the previous year. The plans of the Workshop envisages further reduction of carbon foot print by 2% annually and also encourage its stake holders in green supply chain system to Go Green. As a result of the initiative taken for environmental friendly practices, during 2016-17, the Carriage Workshop saved about Rs.40 lakhs and manifold savings are expected on implementation of quality standards and GreeCo Projects during the year 2017-18.

Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda Brief:

The Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda established in year 1893, under the aegis of “The Nizam Guaranteed State Railways” and brought under South Central Railway in 1966 is carrying out Periodical Overhauling (PoH) of all type of Passenger carrying coaches including DEMU, EMU, MEMU, self-propelled ART/MRV tower wagons and state-of-the-art stainless steel LHB coaches. This unit now handles PoH of 1680 per annum. This Workshop was awarded with 55 Workspace Management Technique recently and also certified for QMS (ISO 9001:2015), EMS (ISO 14001:2015), OSHAS (18001:2007) & EnMS (ISO 50001:2011).

Kacheguda station has earned another distinction by taking up Environmental Friendly measures to ensure cleanliness.

South Central Railway has become pioneer on Indian Railways by taking up several environment friendly initiatives. Kacheguda station has earned another distinction by taking up Environmental Friendly measures to ensure cleanliness. As part of the same, all the Bio Waste generated at the Kacheguda station and Kacheguda Railway Colony are processed in De-composting Plant to produce high quality organic manure. Similarly, plastic waste in the form of Disposable Water Bottles are crushed into smaller pieces by Water Bottle Crushing Machine to generate recycled plastic waste every day.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager complemented Hyderabad Division for installation of De-compost Machine and Disposable Water Bottle Crushing Machines and implementing  Clean and Green India program effectively on South Central Railway.

The De-compost Machine installed at Kacheguda Railway Station for processing Bio-Waste generated is first of its kind on South Central Railway. The Bio-Waste is collected from Kacheguda Railway station and door to door of railway quarters at Kacheguda Colony in a separate green dust bins.  The segregated Bio-Waste is transported to De-compost plant, which will process the garbage and converts it into manure in a week time. It produces high quality organic manure which can be used for gardens, plants etc. The De-compost Machine was procured by Railway at the cost of Rs. 4.5 lakhs. This machine is processing 125 Kgs of Bio waste every day producing 20% of manure (organic) 100 Kgs per week. The plant is expected to save an amount of Rs. 2-3 lakhs per year. The project is eco-friendly saving fuel and producing manure which will increase the soil fertility. It also helps in preventing usage of chemical fertilizers in farming / gardening.

Disposable Water Bottle Crushing Machine:

Plastic waste is posing major threat to the ecosystem as most of the plastic waste is not recycled and the same is affecting the environment. Most of the times these water bottles are reused for drinking purpose which is not a safe practice. Railways have taken steps to combat this problem by installing Bottle Crusher Machines at platforms. Smt. Aruna Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division has initiated the project in which the disposable water bottles are crushed in to smaller pieces. Passengers and Railway cleaning workers are making use of this machine to produce 2-3 kgs of plastic waste every day. This plastic is being sold to rag pickers as recycled plastic waste.

Naba Sarania visits Railway Workshop in New Bongaigaon

NEW BONGAIGAON: Naba Kumar (Hira) Saraniya, Member of Parliament from Kokrajhar constituency, visited Carriage and wagon workshop, New Bongaigaon on Friday to take stock of its units and their current functional status besides examining its bottlenecks.

Following a brief meeting with Chief Workshop Manager (CWM), DS Kunwar and other officials, Sarania spent nearly half-an-hour looking around each unit (shop) of the railway plant and reviewed their current capacity and future prospects.

During his visit, leaders of Purbanchal Rail Karmi Parishad (PRKP), NF Railway Employees’ union and NF Railway Mazdoor Union extended their full support and made him aware of the present crises the workshop is facing.

CWM Kunwar also apprised the parliamentarian about the latest developments in the workshop and his reformatory actions implemented in it for better output.

While talking to the media, MP Sarania said lack of employment opportunity is the main factor behind the rising number of gun-clutching youths and said that he had also raised arms once for the interest of the people and spent vital years of his life then.

Before leaving the workshop, Sarania assured its employees and the officials of taking up the issues of the plant in front of the appropriate authorities. He would demand the Union government to increase the productivity of the workshop to minimise the outsourcing and for generating employment opportunities here for the local youths, Sarania said.

As per the Chief Workshop Manager, out of over 2500 employees, 300 are women and they have been working in 21 units of the workshop. Since a number of posts have been lying vacant here since years, it has affected the work force in the plant and the office, an official said.

Railways assure Periodic Wagon Overhauling Workshop at Kazipet by 2019 March-end

SECUNDERABAD: The Railway Board has assured the Telangana Government of completing the proposed “periodical wagon overhauling workshop” at Kazipet in two years time.

The assurance was given by Railway Board Member (Rolling Stock) Ravindra Gupta to a delegation of the Government led by Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari in New Delhi on Tuesday. Mr. Srihari also handed over the State Government orders about the alienation of 160 acres of land required for the purpose in favour of Railways.

Accompanied by MPs A. Seetaram Naik and P. Dayakar and Special Representatives of the State Government in Delhi S. Venugopala Chary and T. Ramachandrudu, the Mr. Srihari called on Mr. Gupta and discussed about the Kazipet wagon workshop.

Mr. Gupta told the delegation that establishing the workshop would be completed by March-end 2019 since the land required has been handed over to Railways now. Mr. Srihari stated that the 160 acres land was given to Railways free of cost and requested the Railway Board to complete the project at the earliest.

The Deputy CM later told newspersons that the Railway Board member had also responded positively to the Government request for developing a mega terminal at Cherlapally, keeping in view the increasing passenger traffic to Hyderabad.

Mr. Ravindra Gupta had also assured to examine the requests for reintroducing a passenger train from Khammam to Yellandu for the benefit of Singareni Collieries workers. Mr. Seetaram Naik said it was discontinued a few years ago and he had been pursuing for its re-introduction for over two years now.

The delegation also urged the Railway Board Member to take up laying of new track between Pandurangapuram and Sarapak for a distance of 13 km for the benefit of pilgrim visiting Bhadrachalam as the small line would link the temple town with the main railway line.

Rs.49.16 Crore for Freight Train Maintenance Facility at Maneswar under Sambalpur Division

BHUBANESWAR: An amount of Rs 49.16 Crore has been allocated by the Center for development of the Freight Train Maintenance Facility (RoH Depot) at Maneswar under Sambalpur Division of East Coast Railway. This goods train maintenance workshop will be established at an estimated cost of Rs 49.16 crore. Only Rs 1 lakh as token amount has been sanctioned for the project.

The railways had faced widespread criticism and protests from people of the state for shifting the proposed wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi district to Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh. Even chief minister Naveen Patnaik had taken up the issue with railway minister Suresh Prabhu to give an alternative project to the state.

However the railways has not sanctioned any amount for the Sitalapalli wagon factory project in Ganjam district. Though the project doesn’t get any amount this year, it is alive, said East Coast Railway (ECoR) general manager Umesh Sharma here.

This time Odisha got five new rail lines in the budget. These are extension of Naupada-Gunupur (79.15 km) new line up to Therubali, a link line between Dumitra station and Bisra station (2.3 km) under south eastern railway (SER), Gopalpur-Singapur Road (155.5 km), Talcher-Gopalpur (220 km) and Badampahar-Bangiriposi(45 km). First two lines will be constructed with railway funding while the last three lines will be constructed in joint venture between the state government and the railways.

Railway Minister to lay foundation for Dhasa-Jetalsar Railway line Gauge Conversion project

SURAT: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be visiting the Diamond City on Sunday to lay foundation stones for four railway projects in the state including Dhasa-Jetalsar and also launch Disha Mobile application.

The Railway Minister will be performing the foundation stone laying ceremonies and other launches from Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SGCCI) Samruddhi building at Nanpura here. These include Dhasa-Jetalsar gauge conversion project, 35 road under-bridges in Gujarat and infrastructural facilities for periodical overhauling of Covered Boggie Wagon Type with Air Brake and Heavy Load (BCNHL) wagons in Vadodara’s Pratapnagar workshop.

The Railway Minister will also be launching the DISHA App and dedicate the major routine overhauling depot for wagons at Gandhidham and locomotive simulator at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, sources said.

Prabhu will be addressing a public meeting at Nilgiri ground at Limbayat in the afternoon. The event has been organized by the local BJP unit.

Asked about the reason for selecting Surat as the venue, member of Railway Board’s Passenger Service Committee (PSC), Rakesh Shah, said, “Even I do not understand why the minister selected Surat to lay foundation stones for the projects in north and central Gujarat. I have been flooded with queries from many regarding this . But, we will know on Sunday if the minister makes any special announcement for Surat.”

Was expansion of pre-Independence era Amritsar Mechanical Workshop was ignored?

AMRITSAR: Local residents endorse the view that the expansion of pre-Independence era mechanical workshop of Railways in Amritsar was ignored. A retired Principal, Kulwant Singh, said a plan was formulated by the government some time back to expand the mechanical workshop to augment its services.

However, the plan was neither pursued by the Railways nor the state government after private players in machine and tool industries torpedoed it, fearing that it would harm their industrial output.“Years ago, a plan was mooted to re-set the workshop at Tangra village. However, the Army prevented the same due its importance for defence purposes.”

The Amritsar Mechanical Workshop specialises in new improvised systems for overhauling and repair of wagons. It also has now augmented facilities at machines shop, roller bearing, screen-printing sections, besides smith shop, where bogies and wagon welding is undertaken.It boasts off the model room housing newly manufactured BOXN wagons and refurbishing of high-value wagons. It also carries out overhauling of locos and heavy repairs besides other work.Amritsar Mechanical Workshop is one the oldest workshops of Northern Railways.

It is a pre-Independence workshop associated with repairs of machines of the Public Works Department, besides serving as Ordnance Factory for a brief period.The factory had also undertaken manufacturing of equipment for the Bhakra Nangal Dam before it was taken over by the Railways in 1956 for overhauling of steam locomotives.

The workshop was developed progressively as a lead wagon manufacturer and for development of state-of-the-art wagons, besides restoring heritage wagons. Noteworthy innovations carried out at the workshop include bogie bolster, energy saving screw air compressor, besides renovation of BOXN wagons, repairs of DMU coaches among other works.Senior railway officials of the engineering wing stated that the proposed plan was at a very formative stage.

They said in due course of time many such plans were put forward. Some were implemented while others were not, they added.

Karnataka assures Land for Railway Coach Factory in Kolar within 3 Months

State Government promises Rs.1460 Crore fund for Rail Coach Factory at Kolar

BANGALORE: The much-delayed railway coach factory project at Srinivasapur taluk in Kolar will be put on fast track with the state government on Tuesday making a commitment to provide the land required for the project within the next two and half months.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reviewed the progress of the project here on Tuesday with Large and Medium Industries Minister R V Deshpande, District in-charge Minister K R Ramesh Kumar and officials from various departments and instructed them to complete the land acquisition process within two and a half months. The land should be handed over to the Railways without any delay, he said.

The project was announced in the 2013 Railway budget. The state government has to provide required land for the project free of cost.

The project needs 1,123 acres for which the government has to acquire about 250 acres from farmers and the remaining part comprises of government land, said Ramesh Kumar speaking to reporters after the meeting.

The rail coach factory was estimated to cost Rs.1,460 crore, which is now estimated to have escalated to about Rs.2,000 crore. The state government will have to spend about Rs.250 crore for land acquisition, Kumar said.

Nemom Coaching Terminal included in Works Programme 2017-18 of Railways

Hope floats for Nemom Coaching Terminal as Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu restores confidence by keeping his promise for Coaching Terminal in the Works Programme 2017-18, post his inauguration of various facilities at 5 Railway Stations through Video Conferencing at Kozhikode on 26 Sept 2016!

The coaching terminal proposed on 12.14 hectares of land owned by Railways at Nemom, aimed at decongesting Thiruvananthapuram Central, is set to become a reality with the much-delayed project making it to the proposed Works Programme 2017-18 of Railways.

The third railway line from Ernakulam to Shoranur has also found a place on the list of the proposed Works Programme. The government is pushing for the third line in view of the proposal to create an industrial corridor from Ernakulam to Shoranur.

The inclusion of the coaching terminal has come as a surprise as the project was almost shelved with Railways taking the stance that the land adjacent to the Nemom station is “not geographically suitable.” The Rs.250-crore project had figured in the 2008 and 2011 Railway budgets.

The project was proposed as a second satellite station at Thiruvananthapuram where all coach maintenance work could be conducted. A project report is being prepared by railway divisional authorities. “After Nemom project is completed, Thiruvananthapuram Central will be decongested and rail traffic will be smoother in this sector. As the Thiruvananthapuram Central has reached its full capacity such a project is needed,” said an official from the Thiruvananthapuram division.

“Kochuveli terminus having three pit line and three platforms and the new terminus at Nemom will be examined soon. We are also working with the state government on land acquisition,” said Prabhu, after inaugurating various facilities at five railway stations in the state through videoconferencing from Kozhikode on Monday.

The inability to bring new mail and express trains to the capital and the pressure exerted by BJP legislator and former Union Minister for Railways O. Rajgopal, who represents the Nemom Assembly constituency, had led to a change of stance.

The coaching terminal at Nemom had been mooted taking into account the lack of platforms to handle trains at Thiruvananthapuram Central and the satellite terminal at Kochuveli. Thiruvananthapuram Central is handling two-and-a-half times its sanctioned capacity and the Thiruvananthapuram-Kochuveli line has become choked.

As the land available (12.14 ha ) is in the shape of a triangle, another 28.33 ha needs to be acquired. The cash-strapped Railways is, however, going ahead with a truncated Rs.65 crore coaching terminal as it cannot afford to mobilise Rs.250 crore, the bulk of which is needed for land acquisition.

Divisional Railway Manager Prakash Butani told that the new plan had been forwarded from Southern Railway headquarters, Chennai, to the Railway Board for perusal.

“It has to figure in the budget so that we can commence the project. The focus at Nemom will be on stabling lines as they can be used to shift the parked rakes from the Central station and use them for train operations,” he said.

Modelled on the lines of the Basin Bridge Coaching Depot in Chennai, Railways are to set up 10 pit lines to take care of the maintenance of 30 trains; 12 stabling lines; sick lines; and quarters for personnel at Nemom as per the original plan.

GM/NR takes stock of Development Works at Amritsar Workshop

A delegation of the Northern Railway, led by its General Manager AK Puthia, inspects a Railway Workshop in Amritsar on Tuesday.

Amritsar: A delegation of officials of the Northern Railway, led by its General Manager AK Puthia visited the railway workshop at Amritsar and took a stock of various development works.

The delegation also took a stock of infrastructure and sought a detailed performance review of the local railway station and the mechanical workshop.

Besides, the officials also reviewed the entire double-line track of the main line between Jalandhar and Amritsar.

Various factors to improve the condition of the workshop and measures to improve its productivity were weighed and discussed. Puthia stressed on making the journey of passengers safe and comfortable.

Sources in the Railways said the visiting team assessed the high quantum of work. It felt that the quantum of work would decrease once the satellite railway station at Chheharta would be ready. Chheharta would have two new washing lines and upgradation in its infrastructure would reduce the burden of the work.

The Chheharta railway station is situated about four km away from the Amritsar railway station. It will also reduce the burden of the railway workshop.

They also visited the Punjabi heritage village, which was recently inaugurated on the campus of Guru Nanak Dev University.Besides, a model of Durgiana Temple is ready to be installed at the railway station.

Railway Minister to lay Foundation Stone for Rolling Stock Component unit in Ratnagiri

railway workshopRatnagiri: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will lay the foundation stone for the Rolling Stock Component factory, estimated to cost nearly Rs 300 crore, in Maharshtra’s Ratnagiri district.

“The unit, to be set up at Lote Parshuram near Ratnagiri, would come up at a cost of Rs 297.28 crores and the foundation stone laying ceremony would happen very soon,” a statement issued by Central Railway said.

For the project, 50 acres land has been acquired from the MIDC in Lote Parshuram area in Ratnagiri district.

The centralised Railway Rolling Stock Components factory can discharge the works of overhaul and rehabilitation of safety sub-assemblies of railway rolling stock.

“Dedicated overhaul equipment and rehabilitation lines coupled with dedicated workers will ensure consistent and world class quality at low cost. This factory will meet the needs of not only Central Railway but also the adjoining railways like Konkan Railway Corporation, Western Railway, South Central Railway, South Western Railway,” it added.

Indian Railways will accrue the vital benefits like improvement in reliability of wagons and coaches, increased availability and higher rolling stock and reliability from the facility.

Being the first big project in the area, this factory will pave way for ancillary activities in the adjoining areas of Khed and Chiplun in Ratnagiri district, it said.

The project is also expected to speed up the development of the region through employment generation of around 500, it said.

The contract for building the Rolling Stock Component Unit at Ratnagiri was awarded to Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) by Indian Railways.

GM/SCR inaugurates Renovated Bogie, CBC, Corrotion, Lift Lower Shop & Singer Car Test Rig at Lalaguda Carriage Workshop

South Central Railway GM Mr.Ravindra Gupta bats for Modernisation of century old Lalaguda Workshop with improved Coach Maintenance facilities to enhance Passenger Comfort

gm-scr-inspection-at-lgd-workshopSecunderabad: Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, South Central Railway advised the officials and staff of Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda, Secunderabad to adopt new technologies to enhance the travel comfort of railway coaches as part of providing better passenger comfort during the travel.

gm-scr-inspection-at-lgd-workshop2The General Manager undertook Annual Inspection of the Carriage Workshop on 15th November, 2016. He was accompanied by Arjun Mundiya, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Smt Aruna Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division and P Uday Kumar Reddy, Chief Workshop Manager, Carriage Workshop.

gm-scr-inspection-at-lgd-workshop3The General Manager conducted the inspection of Centre Buffer Coupling (CBC) section, Bogie shop; Roller Bearing shop; Corrosion shop; Electrical Repair shop; Lift Lower shop; Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory etc.

The General Manager was briefed on the working facilities, Manpower availability and output by the workshop officials through a power point presentation by Chief Workshop Manager.

gm-scr-inspection-at-lgd-workshop4Ravindra Gupta advised that the Carriage Workshop shall be further modernized by means of enhancing infrastructure facilities of the most modern standards. He further stressed, that the Workshop shall rank amongst the top most on Indian Railways.

During the inspection, the General Manager inaugurated a renovated Bogie Shop, Lift Lower Shop, CBC Shop, Computerised BMBC Test Branch, Knowledge Kiosk, Single Car Test Rig, New Corrosion Shop. These new additions are going to strengthen the infrastructural capabilities of the Workshop.

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Renovation and Restoration of Heritage Step Well of erstwhile Nizam State Railway inaugurated by Ravindra Gupta, GM, SCR

Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, SCR inaugurated a newly revived 150 years old heritage “Step Well” at Railway Protection Force Training Centre, Moula-Ali, Hyderabad today i.e., 13th November, 2016. Smt Shikha Gupta, President, South Central Railway Women’s Welfare Organization also joined the inauguration.

Shri Ravindra Gupta, GM/SCR receiving Guard of Honor
Shri Ravindra Gupta, GM/SCR receiving Guard of Honor

Renovation of this heritage step well, situated in the premises of the Railway Protection Force Training Centre, Moula-Ali, Hyderabad was undertaken at the bidding of the General Manager, in tune with the emphasis of Railway Board towards conservation of water and revival of abandoned water bodies. This well is expected to give a yield of 1.5 lakh liters of water every day. At present the water yield from this source will be utilized for the needs of Training Centre and further extend the water supply to the needs of Territorial Army Camp and 7th Railway Protection Special Force of SCR in the ensuing months.

An Ancient Heritage Step Well developed by the then Nizam State Railway officials 150 years ago
An Ancient Heritage Step Well developed by the then Nizam State Railway officials 150 years ago

Ravindra Gupta, GM, SCR also inaugurated Air-conditioning plant of the Auditorium, Gymnasium, Amenities Rooms and Badminton Court at the RPF Training Centre, Moulali.

A.K. Gupta, Additional General Manager, SCR; Smt Aruna Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, SCR; Ashesh, Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division, SCR, S.N.Singh, Principal Chief Engineer, SCR; Mahim Swami, Director, RPF Training Centre, Moulali; Sanjay Sankrityayan, Inspector General-cum-Chief Security Commissioner/RPF, SCR and other Senior Officials were amongst those present during the inauguration.

Lloyd Electric awarded major India locomotive HVAC contract

Lloyd Norse KaesarGE Transportation has signed a USD 18 million contract with Lloyd Electric & Engineering to supply custom designed air-conditioning units for the India Railways Marhowra Locomotive project, manufactured in company’s factory in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan over a period of 11 years. Download the announcement here: lloyd-loco-hvac-contract-from-ge

Lloyd Electric & Engineering Ltd has informed BSE regarding a Press Release dated September 19, 2016, titled “Lloyd Electric & Engineering awarded major India Locomotive HVAC Contract”.

Lloyd Electric gains 3% on order win from GE Transportation

Shares of  Lloyd Electric and Engineering added 3.2 percent intraday Tuesday as it has bagged order worth USD 18 million from GE Transportation.

GE Transportation has signed a contract with the company to supply custom designed air-conditioning units for the Indian Railways Marhowra Locomotive project, manufactured in company’s factory in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan over a period of 11 years.

“This project is a significant win for Lloyd Electric & Engineering and builds on existing business between GE Transportation and Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle New Zealand,” as per company release.

At 09:38 hrs Lloyd Electric and Engineering was quoting at Rs 278.10, up Rs 4.40, or 1.61 percent on the BSE.

During January, 2016, Lloyd Electric & Engineering has acquired Noske-Kaesers Rail & Vehicle global business in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and the United States. The acquisition enhanced Lloyd’s strength in the rail ‘HVAC’ systems business. Lloyd becomes India’s first rail HVAC Company, having presence the five continents across the globe.

The company has acquired 100% of the assets of Noske-Kaeser Group in Germany through an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) formed in Hamburg, Germany. It has also acquired 100% of shares in Noske-Kaeser’s group companies located in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and the US after carve out of the non-rail & vehicles business.

Lloyd has also acquired exclusive and worldwide rights to use the trademark ‘Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle’ from Noske-Kaeser Group. The company has acquired ‘Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle’ for a total cash consideration of Euro 2,302,000, which includes an upfront payment of Euro 2,001,000 and an earn out of up to Euro 300,000 payable in the next year.

Lloyd Electric & Engineering manufactures air conditioner, coils, radiators (heat exchanger) and light emitting diode (LED) televisions (TVs). The Company’s operating segments include Radiators & Heat Exchanger, OEM & Railways and Consumer Durable Product.

Clearance to GE’s Loco Plant in Bihar pending as the Board has no Chairman!

Patna: GE’s locomotive manufacturing unit in Bihar, which chief minister Nitish Kumar had asked officials to give special preference to, has been stuck for clearance from the Bihar State Pollution Control Board for more than two months – because the board does not have a chairman.

The Indian Railways diesel locomotive manufacturing plant at Marhaura in Saran, around 75km northwest of Patna, for which the American corporate giant is investing Rs 750 crore, is waiting for a pollution clearance since May 10, sources in the board told today.

Subhash Chandra Singh, who was chairman for around six years, resigned on May 18.

“The clearance is pending as the board has no chairman,” a board official said. “The notification regarding the appointment of a new chairman is to happen within a couple of days. The board’s foremost priority is to provide a pollution clearance to the project and another rail project which is being set up in Madhepura (by French company Alstom). All the groundwork has been completed and once the new chairman joins, he or she will approve them immediately.”

Usually, the board takes around 120 days to provide a pollution clearance certificate to any firm setting up shop in Bihar.

“However, this is a prized project and the state government had instructed that they (GE) shouldn’t be made to wait for the usual period of time,” the board official pointed out. “Hence, one can say that some delay has taken place; but then things are on track and only the joining of the new chairman is awaited.”

A GE delegation headed by vice president John G. Rice had met industries minister Jai Kumar Singh on July 12 and had raised the pollution clearance issue.

The minister told that the new single-window system for clearances, to be tabled in the monsoon session of the state legislature, will solve such problems.

“GE had raised the issue with us and we have taken fast steps,” Singh said. “I had immediately contacted the chief secretary and told him about the matter and he had assured that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that they get the clearance as soon as possible. The same day, I had informed the chief minister. His instructions were to facilitate the clearance without any more delays and ensure that the company officials are not called or hassled.”

Singh said: “The state government has acted very fast. Normally, it takes around six months for any unit to get the necessary clearances. However, for GE all the formalities were completed in around 35 days except for the pollution issue.”

Yesterday, industries department principal secretary S. Siddharth said the pollution clearance was in its final stages.

There are 19 clearances a unit has to take in its pre-establishment stage. The pollution clearance has two divisions: pre-establishment and post-establishment.

In March, Nalin Jain, president and CEO, GE (rail, mining, defence and aerospace), had told that construction of the Marhaura plant will start in two months and last two years.

A Patna-based industrialist said: “If a company like GE is facing such hassles and a top official has to raise the issue before the minister, imagine the problems local industrialists face.”

Kurnool Midlife Coach Factory got Railway Ministry’s nod: MP/Kurnool

MP Kurnool inspecting coach factory site with Rly OfficialsKurnool: The Railway Ministry accorded approval for the estimates for the railway midlife coach factory near Panchalingala village in Kurnool mandal and initiated the tender process for Rs. 281.35 crore in June, said Kurnool MP Butta Renuka on Thursday.

The MP and an eight-member team of officials of the Patna railway workshop inspected 123 acres and works to be taken up from Alampur Road railway station in Mahabubnagar district to E. Thandrapadu and Panchalingala in Kurnool district. The MP said that once the workshop is ready it can undertake the periodic overhauling and the railways will installed machines, including bogie testing apparatus, surface wheel lathe, plasma profile cutting machines and other essential plants required for smooth functioning of the workshop. With an optimum capacity to repair 50 coaches per month, the factory will start production through its carriage repair shop. “The intermediary overhauling block and periodical overhauling will be properly designed to cater to the requirements, the MP said. The first phase will be completed to undertake repair of non AC coaches, and gradually, once augmentation phase is completed, it will also take up maintenance of the AC coaches,” she said.

Kurnool coach factory representational image
Representational Image: Inside Carriage Repair Workshop, Harnaut, Bihar

Chief Accounts Officer Finesh Kumar, Chief Mechanical Engineer Sunil Kumar, Chief Engineer II S.K. Singh, Deputy Senior Superintending Engineer V.K. Srivatsava, Deputy CE R.K. Singh, Secretary to the CAO Kumar Ashish, all from Coach Mid Life Rehabilitation (CMLR) in Patna in Bihar, and Deputy Chief Engineer of Kurno A.K. Sarma participated.

The MP urged the railway officials to commence the midlife coach factory and rehabilitation workshop works soon and complete it in the next two and half years.

During the inspections, the Railway officials who visited Kurnool from Workshop Projects Organisation, Patna mentioned that the Harnaut coach factory have manpower strength of 1,200, including officers and technical staff and is being developed on about 115 acres of land – workshop on 78 acres and staff quarters on 37 acres.  It was Constructed at an expenditure of Rs.328 crore, and has altogether 18 modern repair workshops. The team also mentioned that Harnaut will be one of the most advanced coach factories in the country with the ‘double stacked coach maintenance technology’ to carry out periodical overhauling of coaches.The workshop is headed by the Chief Workshop manager. There are five departments dealing with various activities such as Mechanical, Electrical, Materials Management, Finance & Accounts, HRD, Audit & Security. It has a total employee strength of approx 5000.

CR’s proposal for LHB repair status for Parel Workshop hangs in the air

The current scenario is that every time an LHB coach belonging to CR is to be repaired or overhauled, it has to be sent to Western Railway’s Lower Parel workshop

Mumbai: The railway ministry’s sitting over a demand by Central Railway to allow the latter to maintain and overhaul LHB coaches — the kinds found in the Rajdhani and Duronto trains — at its Parel Workshop has hassled passengers. The current rule of the railway ministry is that every time an LHB coach belonging to CR is to be repaired or overhauled, it has to be sent to Western Railway’s Lower Parel workshop. However with WR having its own fleet of LHB coaches and also because it has to repair coaches of West Central Railway, the time taken for these coaches to come back from repair is several months, said officials.

In some cases, when CR is short of LHB coaches due to this delay, it assembles a train by cobbling together spare conventional coaches, something which always elicits protests by passengers. This is because the LHB coaches are far more comfortable than conventional coaches and also have a smoother ride.

According to CR officials, the problem will only escalate as the number of LHB coaches in its fleet is all set to increase. While it has 223 LHB coaches currently, it is expected to increase to 450 by the end of March, 2017.

Currently, 8 LHB coaches have their overhaul and repair pending due to a waiting list at WR’s Lower Parel Workshop. With a steady inflow of coaches for repair and a capacity of repairing 42 coaches every month, the Lower Parel Workshop itself is overworked.

The railways had already decided that with the passage of time, more and more of its coaches will be of the LHB type. It had added 1248 LHB coaches to its fleet in the previous financial year that ended in March this year.

While these coaches comes with greater passenger comfort and better riding qualities, its overhaul and repairs are a problem and delays cause the railways heavy financial losses. As of now these coaches can be overhauled only at Lower Parel workshop in Mumbai, Liluah Workshop in Howrah, West Bengal and Jagadhri Workshop in Yamunanagar Haryana. Plans are afoot to build facilities for LHB overhaul at Lalguda Workshop in Secunderabad in Telengana and Dibrugarh workshop in Assam.

While messages sent to Member Mechanical Hemant Kumar and Executive Director Mechanical Engineering (Coaching) Shailendra Singh went unanswered, other officials said it might take another couple of months before the ministry decided to accede to CR’s demand.

Tiruchi Diesel Loco Shed inching towards Global Certification

It is likely to get International Management System

An EMD diesel locomotive at the Diesel Loco Shed in Tiruchi
An EMD diesel locomotive at the Diesel Loco Shed in Tiruchi

Tiruchirapalli: Maintaining the highest fleet of high-horsepower diesel locomotives in Southern Railway zone, the Diesel Loco Shed here is closer to getting an International Management System (IMS) certification.

The Southern Railway has called for tenders to hire an agency to carry out a thorough audit of the over 40-year-old shed, considered one of the premier diesel loco sheds across the Indian Railway network.

The certification is a combination of ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and 18001 Occupation Health and Safety Management System. Railway officials told that the agency is likely to be hired by June end. Acting on the Railway Board’s directive that Diesel Loco Sheds across the country should go in on for ISO certification, the shed has put in place the required system towards achieving IMS certification, the sources said.

Auditors of the agency engaged for the audit would inspect the shed and verify relevant documents to ascertain whether the prescribed systems and standards are in place. The officials said safety gear have been provided to employees and necessary calibration of instruments have been done as part of putting in place measures towards getting the international certification.

The shed maintains 45 high horsepower ‘EMD’ diesel locos; 51 ‘Alco’ type diesel locomotives; 37 diesel power cars; five shunting locomotives and five metre gauge locomotives. The metre gauge locos are currently operated in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway hilly terrain between Coonoor and Udhagamandalam.

Documents relating to the systems in place have been kept ready for audit, the officials said stating that if everything were to go as per schedule the shed would attain the IMS certification in two months. Adherence to international standards would enable the shed in maintaining and improving safety and reliability.

Southern Railway has four diesel loco sheds situated at Tiruchi, Erode, Ernakulam and Tondiarpet in Chennai. The diesel locos come to the shed for periodic attention and scheduled examination before sent back for operation. The Tiruchi shed is only one in the Southern Railway zone to accommodate the highest number of 45 newly manufactured 4,500 high horsepower EMD diesel locos. Officials said the Erode shed was also working towards getting the international certification.

Oil Leakage free Locomotive to prevent Wastage developed at Diesel Loco Shed, Itarsi

DLS Itarsi LocosItarsi: In a move aimed at reducing carbon footprints and enhancing energy-efficiency, railways has developed an oil leakage free locomotive to prevent wastage of precious fuel.

The oil leakage free locomotive was developed at the Diesel Locomotive Shed at Itarsi of Bhopal division, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Generally diesel powered train locomotives are prone to various leakages of consumable oils which on one hand lead to wastage of precious oil and also poses risk of fire hazards.

It is envisaged that the use of these locos would complement efforts of the Railways to achieve its target of reduction in fuel budget by 10 per cent and lead to a spin-off in enhancing its operating ratio, he said

According to the plan, railways would proliferate the oil leak free locomotives progressively at other diesel sheds also.

He said it would not only curb leakages but also help in improving overall maintenance practices.

Railways is also progressively developing and installing state-of-the-art energy efficient locos and regenerative braking systems.

Talgo Train sets arrives at Izatnagar Workshop in Uttar Pradesh

This will be the first time that a completely imported trainset is put on trial on the Indian Railways.

Talgo Train in Izzatnagar Workshop
Nine Talgo cars have been delivered to North Eastern Railway’s Izzatnagar workshop

Izzatnagar: The first coach of Spanish trainmaker Talgo’s 9-coach trainset arrived late on Tuesday at the Izatnagar Workshop of North Eastern Railway at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

The train had left from Mumbai Port Trust on May 7 and carried on multi-axle trucks called mafis.

The rest of the 8 coaches are expected in the next couple of days, said NER officials.

NER said that the train will have to be re-assembled at the Izatnagar workshop before being deployed for trials.

The trials should start by the end of May or early June. It will be the first time a completely imported trainset is put on trial on the Indian Railways.

While the Vehicle Dynamics Simulation report conducted by Talgo on Indian tracks has certified the speed capability of the tracks at 198 kilometre per hour, railway officials told the Mathura-Palwal trial will be at standard speed of 180 kmph.

“One coach will have oscillograph and other speed trial equipment, and the train will be pulled by a WDP4 or WAP5 locomotive capable of pulling to speeds of 180kmph. The trials will test the stability of the train, its top speed in Indian track conditions and the emergency braking distance. It could herald a new era if the trials are successful ” said an official.

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Uniworld Logistics transported the cars 1600 km by road from Mumbai to the Izzatnagar Railway Workshop

Transport of the cars from Spain was managed by Gefco, with the vehicles shipped from Barcelona on March 27. Once customs formalities had been completed, Uniworld Logistics transported the cars 1 600 km by road from Mumbai port to the Izzatnagar workshop.

The trainset is to be reassembled and fitted with monitoring equipment by the end May, ahead of tests hauled by WDP-4 diesel and WAP-5 electric locomotives. Initial testing is to be undertaken on the 205 km Moradabad – Saharanpur route at a maximum speed of 115km/h, and is to be followed in July by runs at up to 180 km/h on the Palwal – Mathura section of the Delhi – Agra route.

The testing is being undertaken at Talgo’s expense, and will be supervised by IR’s Research Design & Standards Organisation. The aim is to enable Indian Railways to assess whether lightweight Talgo rolling stock would be suitable for operation at speeds between 160 km/h and 200 km/h on existing infrastructure. This could potentially cut journey times on the Delhi – Mumbai corridor, and reduce energy costs by an estimated 30%

talgo at izzatnagar workshop
The Talgo trainset is to be reassembled and fitted with monitoring equipment

Alstom to start construction of Madhepura Electric Locomotive manufacturing plant from July 2016

Madhepura key notesMadhepura: French engineering giant Alstom will start construction of the electric locomotive manufacturing factory at Madhepura from July this year.

After Indian Railways signed agreements with Alstom and US-based GE for the manufacturing of electric and diesel locomotives, respectively, Bharat Salhotra, managing director, Alstom India & South Asia, told that the first five electric locomotives were expected to be imported to India.

According to the contract signed, Alstom will manufacture and maintain 800 electric locomotives for Indian Railways between 2018 and 2028.

“The company has received possession of 275 acres from the railways. The construction of the manufacturing plant will start from July this year and will be ready by early 2019. The company will make an investment of Rs 1,509.18 crore for the project in India. The contract includes establishment of a factory at Madhepura, two depots at Nagpur (Maharashtra) and Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and maintenance of the first 500 locomotives,” Salhotra said.

The Alstom official added that the first five locomotives were expected to be imported from France.

“The construction of the manufacturing unit in Madhepura (240km northeast of Patna) will start in July. According to the contract, we are permitted to import the first five locomotives. However, we are trying to maximise the production of the locos in India. That is our intent,” Salhotra said.

As a part of the deal, Alstom will supply the electric locomotives of 12,000HP each.

The project will be executed by a recently formed joint venture in which Alstom and the Indian Railways will hold a 74 and 26 per cent stake, respectively. Earlier, senior Alstom officials had pointed out that the project would create around 3,000 jobs. In November last year, the Centre signed agreements with Alstom and GE in connection with setting up of manufacturing units of electric and diesel locomotives in Madhepura and Marhawra (Saran), respectively.

The projects would attract investments of Rs 40,000 crore and they are said to be the biggest foreign direct investment in the railway sector.

Richard R. Verma, the US ambassador to India, during a recent visit to Bihar, had announced that 900 of the 1,000 diesel locomotives will be manufactured by GE at the Marhawra plant set to become operational by mid-2018.

During the recent Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit in Patna, Nalin Jain, the president and CEO, GE (rail, mining, defence and aerospace) had told that the construction of the plant at Marhawra (75km northwest of Patna) will start within two months and the construction will take two years.

The official, while adding that the plant will be ready for manufacturing by July 2018, had said the first diesel locomotive will be delivered by the company to the railways by January 2018, that is, six months prior to the completion of the Marhawra plant.

Railway sources said GE had informally taken the possession of the land (226.9 acres) already.

“The authorities at GE have completed the measurement of the land. The lease agreement will be signed by the company within a week from now,” a senior railway official said.

Mancheswar Railway Workshop to install Solar Power Plant

Mancheswar Railway Workshop emerges Most Productive on Indian Railways by achieving the lowest manpower productivity ratio of 1.75 in 2015-16

A coach being repaired at Mancheswar workshop in Bhubaneswar on Saturday
A coach being repaired at Mancheswar workshop in Bhubaneswar on Saturday

Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway’s (ECoR) Carriage Repair Workshop at Mancheswar here would have a solar power plant by the end of this financial year to produce green energy in order to meet its power demand.

Chief workshop manager (CWM) SK Pankaj said they will install a 0.6 megawatt solar plant over 6500 square metre area inside the workshop in public private partnership (PPP) mode at the cost of Rs 5.25 crore. “The project will be executed through PPP mode on open bidding system. We will float the tender on April 7,” he added.

The Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop (CRW) has also emerged as the most productive among all 45 workshops of the Indian Railways by achieving the lowest manpower productivity ratio of 1.75 in 2015-16. By utilising a workforce of 1922 personnel, the CRW here has managed to produce an outturn of 1097 coaches. The workshop has recorded highest ever periodic overhaul (POH) and intermediate overhaul (IOH) outturn of 1460 and 1361 coaches respectively. Over a period of three years, the POH outturn has improved by 53.5 per cent while IOH outturn witnessed 37.5 per cent surge, Chief Workshop Manager, CRW Mancheswar, SK Pankaj said.

Pankaj said the plant will be set up at the rooftops of the workshop buildings. The lowest bidder will supply, install, commission and maintain the plant for 25 years. It will also bear all the expenditures of the project. After 25 years, he said, the railways will own the plant.

“But railways will pay electricity cost per unit to the lowest bidder,” said the CWM and added that the workshop has already installed a 2 KWp solar photo voltaic cell on rooftop of its administrative building.

Pankaj said the workshop has also decided to set up a bacteria generation plant to supply bacteria to be used as ingredient in bio-toilets fitted in green trains. He said bacteria degrade the human feces in the bio-toilets. Later, it turns into water and gas with chlorination and protects the track from direct discharge of shits.

“Now the workshop is importing the bacteria from Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, to use it in bio-toilets, but now we will produce it in our workshop by installing a unit,” he said.

The CRW is developing a bacteria generation plant with a capacity of 27 kilolitres per month. Anerobic bacteria is used in bio-toilets for bio-degradation of faecal matter. Mancheswar workshop will be the second in the country after Motibagh workshop in Nagpur to have a bacteria generation plant. The workshop has so far fitted 1,712 bio-toilets in 569 coaches. Currently, the bio-toilets are manufactured by private firms while the bacteria is sourced from Motibagh workshop and DRDO.

The Central Government has set a target of fitting bio-toilets in all 52,000 coaches of Indian Railways. As part of the exercise, each zone has been given a target of fitting at least 2000 bio-toilets every year.

“A bio-toilet’s manufacturing and fitting cost around ` one lakh. We plan to fit 10,000 bio-toilets in coaches in next three years,” Pankaj added.

Among other achievements of Mancheswar CRW, 23 AC Coach POH outturn, 15 Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches of POH/IOH in a month and 240 Bogie POH outturn in a month were significant, Pankaj added.

Besides, the scrap generated and sold by the workshop in 2015-16 was 7500 tonnes which has doubled in the past three years. While the Mancheswar CRW has achieved its target of overhauling 1500 coaches in 2015-16, the workshop expects an outturn of 1700 this year, sources said.

MEMU Car Shed at Gaya and POH Facility at Samathipur approved

memu trainGaya: The Railway Board has sanctioned two major railway projects for East Central Railway (ECR) in 2016-2017. They include construction of a modern MEMU (multiple electric modified unit) car shed at Gaya and facility for POH (periodical overhauling) of goods train wagons at Samastipur.

The Board has directed the ECR to work on these two projects on a priority basis to further streamline smooth running of passenger and goods trains in the zone.

According to a Board official, the railways has allocated Rs 56 crore for the proposed MEMU car shed at Gaya. “Keeping in view the increase in the number of MEMU rakes, the railways has decided to set up a new MEMU car shed at Gaya so that MEMU rakes could be properly maintained from fitness point of view,” he said, adding the first MEMU car shed under the ECR was earlier set up at Jhajha under the Danapur division.

According to sources, the railways is running more MEMU trains on different sections of Danapur, Mughalsarai and Dhanbad divisions, replacing old conventional passenger rakes. A car shed is a must for physical maintenance of MEMU rakes, which are being hauled by electric locomotives. “Thus, the Board has approved the ECR proposal to sanction one more car shed for MEMU rakes in the zone,” a source said.

GE to spend Rs.750 Crore to set up Diesel Loco Manufacturing Plant at Marhaura in Saran

General Electric will spend Rs 750 crore to set up the diesel locomotive manufacturing plant at Marhaura in Saran – around 75km northwest of Patna – which will be ready by July 2018, a top official at the US conglomerate told.

During his maiden Patna visit last month, US ambassador Richard Rahul Verma had announced that GE will be manufacturing from the Saran plant 900 of the total 1,000 diesel locomotives it will make for Indian Railways while the rest will be manufactured at the company’s existing facility in the US.

The company will deliver the first locomotive to the railways by January 2018, said Nalin Jain, president and CEO, rail, mining, defence and aerospace, GE.

“The construction of the Marhaura plant will get under way within two months and the unit would be ready for manufacturing locomotives by July 2018,” Jain told on the sidelines of the one-day Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit. “A sum of Rs 750 crore would be spent in constructing the plant.”

The Saran unit is being set up in the public-private-partnership mode. The railways will provide land, electricity and basic infrastructure support; GE will bear the expense of setting up the unit and other recurring costs.

“We (GE) have not got the physical possession of the land as yet but we expect it soon,” said Jain. “The land acquisition process has been completed. The plant will help Bihar in many ways. Apart from a big investment, the plant will generate a lot of local employment.”

Industries department principal secretary S. Sidhartha said the state government was in talks with GE to maximise the Marhaura unit’s impact.

“With the locomotive manufacturing unit coming up at Marhaura, the local industries here too can connect and set up ancillary units for the plant and grow,” Sidhartha said. “It can be a wonderful opportunity for the state’s industrialisation.”

Nalin said the state government proposal was being considered, “but right now one cannot comment on it”.

A senior official of the East Central Railway (ECR) had told in February that 226.9 acres of land had been acquired for the Marhaura factory. Another senior ECR official said: “GE will be taking possession of the land acquired by the railways this week in all probability.”

The diesel locomotive factory was first conceptualised when Lalu Prasad was the railway minister in the first UPA government. He laid the foundation stone for the factory in October 2007, but the project remained in limbo for almost eight years. The NDA government revived the project in January 2015, giving cabinet approval for the project’s execution via public-private-partnership.

In November last year, the railway ministry signed an agreement with GE for the Marhaura plant. The plant entails a total cost component of Rs 2,052 crore.

“Rs 750 crore is being spent just on the construction of the manufacturing plant,” said the ECR official. “The rest of the amount will be mainly spent on the manufacturing of the locomotives besides development of the basic infrastructure.”

Rs.35 Crore announced for Ashokapura Railway Workshop for Modernisation

Ashokapura Railway Workshop
Ashokapura Railway Workshop

Ashokapura: n the Railway Budget-2016 announced on Thursday, Central Railway Workshop (CRW) at Ashokapura here was sanctioned Rs 35 crore for its modernization.

For the past many years, CRW authorities had been sending the proposal for the modernization of workshop. However, there had been no response for over a decade. But on Thursday, railway minister Suresh Prabhu announced the sanctioning of Rs 35 crore for the modernization of the workshop.

Once it is done, the workshop will increase the number of periodic overhauling of broadgauge coaches from 70 to 80 per month. To accommodate 10 more coaches in the workshop, it needs a holding facility to keep equipment like two big cranes, inter-linking track and more manpower.

Subba Rao of CRW said: “For the past three years, we had been sending the proposal. It has become a reality now. In 6-8 months, the tender process will start. In three years’ time, the project will become a reality.”
The workshop was established as a base workshop of Mysuru State Railway in 1924. It was expanded to the present facility in 1938 to maintain the metre gauge rolling stock. With the formation of integrated Southern Railway in 1951, the workshop became a part of Southern Railway. It was converted to broadhgauge coach periodic overhauling workshop in 1993. It also started overhauling broadguage coaches in August 1994. The workshop became a part of South Western Railway on April 1, 2003. Ever since, it’s been mainly dealing with the periodic overhauling of broadgauge coaches. Over 2,200 employees are working in the workshop.

ECR GM opens Quarters for Railway Officials in Patna, inspects Harnaut Coach Workshop

GM/ECR A.K.Mittal directs Chief Factory Manager Radheshyam Sharma to enhance production at Harnaut Coach Repair Workshop to meet a targeted 50 coaches per month

Harnaut Rail Coach FactoryPatna: East Central Railways (ECR) GM Aditya Kumar Mittal inaugurated the newly built G plus 7 multi-storeyed quarters at a function held at Rajendra Nagar coaching complex on Friday. ECR women welfare organization (WWO) president Manu Mittal was also present.

Mittal said, “The railway officials’ flats, also known as Rail Vihar, were built in a record time at an estimated cost of Rs.759 crore under the direct supervision of technical experts. Officials who have been living in rented houses for want of proper accommodation can heave a sigh of relief,” adding the railways was also building quarters for officials in Digha which would soon be completed.

“The railway quarters, that are spacious and cosy, belong to type IV (7) and type V (14) categories. They will be allotted to officials according to their entitlement of posts,” said CPRO Arvind Rajak. The railways has installed two lifts at the earthquake resistant Rail Vihar. The complex also has garages, servant quarters and a 20-feet driveway. Mittal announced a reward of Rs40,000 for the workers involved in building the railway quarters. ECR AGM A K Mathur, principal chief engineer P K Mishra, chief signal and telecom engineer A N Jha, chief finance officer A K Malik, secretary to GM A K Jha, deputy GM Subodh Kumar and ECR WWO members were also present.

Harnaut Coach Repair Workshop to up coach production

The railway coach factory at Harnaut in Nalanda district under the East Central Railway, will soon start manufacturing at last 50 passengers coaches a month, said ECR GM Mr.A.K.Mittal, who was on an annual inspection of the railway coach maintenance workshop facility at Harnaut in Nalanda district on Friday. He visited different shops, including bogie repair, wheel, heavy coach repair and carriage shops, to see how they function. Expressing satisfaction, he announced a reward of Rs.50,000 for the employees of the workshop for better quality of work.

AK Mittal directed the chief factory manager Radheshyam Sharma to enhance production to meet a targeted 50 coaches per month.

The Rs.328 crore Harnaut railway factory is one of the most modern units under the railways in the country with 18 workshops. It was proposed by chief minister Nitish Kumar, when he was the railway minister. Then president of India, Dr APJ Abul Kalam had laid the foundation stone for the facility on June 30 in 2003.

CRB inspects newly-built Model Coaches in Bhopal

India’s trains will look a lot brighter, run faster. The new coaches will be painted in grey and navy blue with yellow border: CRB

Bhopal Coaches
A view of 1st AC model coach of Indian Railway, at Habeebganj railway station in Bhopal on Sunday

Bhopal: Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal on Sunday inspected the newly-built model coaches at Habibganj Railway Station here and gave suggestions for further improvement in it.

Mr Mittal also suggested making some changes to better suit passengers’ requirements in the model coaches, built at the Coach Rehabilitation Workshop, Nishatpura, Bhopal.

He also inspected facilities at the Habibganj railway station in Bhopal and later told reporters that it is a better station in terms of facilities as compared with other stations.

The Railway Board Chairman also informed people that a development plan of Habibganj station has been prepared and soon steps will be taken for its implementation.

On the occasion, Bhopal M.P. Alok Sanjar demanded from the Railway Board that a new train be started between the State Capital and Pune and also for adding an extra coach from Bhopal in Jhelum Express, which runs between Jammu and Pune.

The model coaches have been developed under the Rs 32-crore pilot project to revamp interior of 111 coaches of all reserved classes to give it a homely touch. This project was launched by the Railways in 2011.

New facilities

Year 2017 may see brightly coloured trains in shades of grey, navy blue and yellow clocking speeds of 160-200 kmph on select routes.

Indian Railway has selected ‘Vitality’, the colour scheme inspired by ‘cheetah’, the fastest moving animal, created by the National Institute of Design for the coaches of the semi-high speed trains the state-run transporter has proposed to launch.

The coaches will be painted in grey and navy blue with yellow border.

“We selected ‘Vitality’ out of total six colour schemes submitted to us by NID.

“The colour combination of grey, navy blue with yellow border was chosen keeping the speed factor in mind,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Railways have planned to reduce the travel time between major cities by running semi-high speed trains.

The new coaches will be manufactured at Kapurthala Coach Factory.

“A prototype coach with the new colour scheme will be ready by March this year and later on about 20 modern coaches will be manufactured in the next fiscal,” the official said.

The coaches have LED reading lights, snacks table in-side berths, spacious seats, multi-mobile charging points, fire extinguishers on both sides, green toilet system with soap and dustbin, fire proof seats and floors painted like a carpet.

According to the plan, railways will introduce trains that can clock speeds upto 200 kmph after strengthening the tracks and fencing off certain select routes including

Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Kanpur, Chennai-Hyderabad, Nagpur-Secunderabad and Mumbai-Goa.

Initially, the trains will run at 160 kmph which will be enhanced to 200 kmph.

The long-awaited 160 kmph Gatimaan Express between Delhi and Agra is expected to start in February after the railways got conditional clearance from Commissioner Railway Safety.

Trial runs of this train are being conducted.

“The train will be flagged off in February after the foggy season ends,” the official said.

Semi-high speed trains can gather a maximum speed of 200 kmph, while faster ones in the category of high-speed or bullet trains can run between 250-350 km per hour.

Indian Railway is planning a ‘Diamond Quadrilateral’ to connect top four metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai with a high-speed train network.

West Central Railway General Manager Ramesh Chandra, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Bhopal Alok Kumar and Chief Works Manager Lakshmi Raman were among others present on the occasion.

Bhopal Coach Rehabilitation Workshop releases ‘Aircraft-Like’ Coaches for Indian Railways

These luxury coaches have been designed by Coach Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal
These luxury coaches have been designed by Coach Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal

Bhopal: With plush interiors, ‘bio-toilets’, illuminated signs and even stairs to climb to upper berths, 20 state-of-the-art rail coaches unlike any other will soon be part of the Indian Railways network.

Designed by the Indian Railways Coach Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal, the modern coaches are made to make train journeys comfortable and safe for passengers.

The coaches will be first introduced on ISO certified trains and Rajdhani Expresses
The coaches will be first introduced on ISO certified trains and Rajdhani Expresses

Gone are the blue and brown seats, these revamped coaches feature berths in a striking purple shade. More spacious than older ones, these ‘jerk-proof’ seats promise a far more comfortable journey. Ample use of chrome and matte surfaces lend the coaches a space-age look.

“We have spent around Rs. 14 lakhs on each coach. The interiors are not unlike that of an aircraft with modern seats and other facilities. We will be revamping three more trains. As far as inducting them is concerned, that will happen only after railway ministry clears them,” Ramesh Chandra, General Manager of West Central Railways, told.

Bhopal Railway Coach Rehabilitation Workshop coaches will make you forget even airplane
Bhopal Railway Coach Rehabilitation Workshop coaches will make you forget even airplane

The coaches have a number of other facilities including fire-proof seats, carpet-like floors, LED reading lights, mobile charging points and an eco-friendly ‘bio-toilet’ system.

Brajesh Pandey, a chartered accountant and a frequent traveller, said, “Over the years railways has been hiking fares but in terms of facilities it has not been able to deliver. It’s good to learn about the modern coaches. I am proud that they are not only made in India but made in Madhya Pradesh.”

As per plans, 111 coaches are to be manufactured by the workshop in Bhopal. The test run of the ready 20 coaches has been successful and after minor tweaks these coaches will sent to Delhi for approval by the Railway Ministry.

Modernisation Works in 29 Rolling Stock Railway Workshops sanctioned

railway workshopNew Delhi: The railways have sanctioned modernisation works in 29 rolling stock workshops in 14 zones across the country, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said during Question Hour that the railways are modernising rolling stock workshops and inducting new technologies, including use of robotic welding, laser cutting and welding.

Some other new technological induction were – CNC machine centre to equip workshops for repair and production of modern stainless steel wagons and augmentation of capacities of existing workshops to meet the requirements of increasing population of such wagons.

“The Indian Railways are regularly upgrading and modernising their workshops to enable them to cater to maintenance and manufacture of modern design coaches, wagons, locomotives and equipments being inducted from time to time as well as to augment facilities for increased workloads,” he said.

Prabhu said special committees have been formed to provide focused attention in the areas of upgradation and induction of technology and leveraging ‘Make in India’ for the railways, upgradation of technical capabilities of workshops and streamlining of business processes for induction of new technology and innovation council for incubation of innovative ideas, among others.

SCR General Manager inspects Carriage Workshop at Lallaguda

Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting the Centre Buffer Coupling (CBC section) at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015
Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting the Centre Buffer Coupling (CBC section) at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015

GM SCR at LGD Power Car Shop

Secunderabad: Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, South Central Railway, undertook annual inspection of Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda, Secunderabad today i.e., 9th December, 2015. This is one of the biggest Carriage Workshops on Indian Railways. He was accompanied by Kabeer Ahmed, Chief Mechanical Engineer, K P Somkuwar, Chief Workshops Engineer, S S Mishra, Chief Rolling Stock Engineer, SCR and P Uday Kumar Reddy, Chief Workshop Manager, Carriage Workshop.

Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting the Wheel Shop at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda on 09.12.2015
Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting the Wheel Shop at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda on 09.12.2015

The General Manager commenced the schedule with the inspection of Centre Buffer Coupling (CBC) section and followed it up the inspection of the other shop floors as Bogie shop; Wheel Shop; Air Brake Shop & Carriage Shop.

At the CBC shop, the repair procedures were inspected and the consumption of various components was examined. In the Wheel shop, the out turn of the wheel lathe, procedures involved in turning of wheels were inspected. Roller bearing sections was inspected and reasons for rejection of bearing during overhaul were analyzed. The General Manager appreciated work on measurement of inner bore of bearings by air gauzing.

Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015
Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015

The General Manager inaugurated new Power car shop at the workshop. The new Power car shop has been constructed at a cost of Rs.40 Crores to undertake repairs of Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) and MMTS Motor coaches.

In the brake shop, a kiosk, were all employee information can be accessed was shown to the General Manager. A Computerized DV testing bench was inaugurated here, which is the first of its kind in Indian Railways and developed in house. Later, the General Manager inaugurated the Lift Lower Extension shop which has been built at a cost of Rs. 4 Crores. This will help in proper overhauling of coaches.

Shri Ravindra Gupta GM, SCR inspecting the Roller Bearing Shop at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015
Shri Ravindra Gupta GM, SCR inspecting the Roller Bearing Shop at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015

In the Carriage shops, two coaches undergoing periodic overhauling were inspected by the General Manager. He also had a look at the various components on display. At the laboratory, the General Manager was shown the testing of effluents of bio toilets.

S N Singh, Chief Principal Engineer, Solan Gupta, Chief Electrical Engineer, R C Boolchandani, Chief Administrative Officer, Construction, R Ranjan Prasad, Chief Personnel Officer, Dr. Usha K. Madalli, Chief Medical Director, R L Pawar, Controller of Stores and other Railway Officials were also present during the inspection.

Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting the Roller Bearing Shop at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015
Shri Ravindra Gupta GM,SCR inspecting the Roller Bearing Shop at Carriage Workshop Lallaguda today 09.12.2015

Brief of Carriage Workshop:-The Workshop was established on 30th September 1893, under the aegis of “The Nizam Guaranteed State Railways” for undertaking periodic over hauling and repairs to Broad Guage and Meter Guage steam locomotives, coaches and wagons. Subsequently it was brought under the purview of “Nizam State Railways”. On formation of South Central Railway on 2nd October 1966, it became a major workshop of the zone.

It continued to be a composite workshop for Meter Guage (MG) and Broad Guage (BG) rolling stock till 1973. Due to phasing out of steam locos, the workshop took up Periodical Overhaul (POH) of all types of BG coaches and was named as “Carriage Workshops”. The workshop is spread over an area of 13.97 hectares with 4.25 hectares of covered area. The workshop presently handles a wide variety of coach POH which includes Integral Coach Factory (ICF) design coach, LHB coach, Electric Multiple Unit (EMU), Self propelled coaches like Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU); Diesel Hauled Multiple Unit (DHMU); Tower Wagon etc.

1. Shri Ravindra Gupta GM SCR being briefed about Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda
1. Shri Ravindra Gupta GM SCR being briefed about Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda

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India signs $6bn Pacts with GE and Alstom for manufacturing 1800 Locomotives

Pact with GE IRNew Delhi: Indian Railways (IR) has signed two contracts with a combined value of around Rs400bn ($6bn) with US-based GE Transportation and French engineering firm Alstom for a total of 1,800 freight locomotives.

Earlier this month, the companies were issued the letters of award (LOA) to establish diesel and electric locomotive factories in Marhowra and Madhepura in the Indian state of Bihar.

Most of the 1,800 locomotives will be assembled at these purpose-built plants as part of the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The contracts mark the Indian Government’s first major foreign direct investment (FDI) in rail projects.

Under the $3bn contract, Alstom will deliver Indian Railways with 800 electric locomotives in the next 11 years and set up an electric locomotive factory (ELF) in Madhepura.

At the ELF, the French firm will manufacture 12,000HP electric locomotives for heavy haulage applications.

As part of the project, five diesel locos will be imported and the remaining 795 will be manufactured at Madhepura.

The project will be executed by a recently formed joint venture (JV) in which Alstom and Indian Railways respectively hold a 74% and 26% stake.

According to Alstom, the delivery of the locomotives will take place between 2018 and 2028. Alstom Asia Pacific senior vice-president Dominique Pouliquen said: “We are committed to addressing the ever-growing market in India by expanding our local footprint and bringing technological expertise and know-how to the country.”

Alstom could double Indian workforce after bagging two rail contracts worth €3.7bn; according Alstom’s President for Transport, Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Poupart-Lafarge further added “There is a new momentum, that’s clear,” and that the country was becoming the centre of Alstom’s Asian footprint.

These are not the first contracts for the Levallois-Perret-headquartered company. It has previously worked on metro systems across many Indian cities.

As part of the $2.6bn deal, GE will provide the railways with 1,000 diesel locomotives over the next 11 years, as well as invest $200m in a plant and maintenance sheds.

The deal will see GE build a diesel locomotive factory (DLF) in Marhowra, in addition to maintenance sheds at Bhatinda, Punjab, and Gandhidham, Gujarat.

To build and operate the new DLF facility, a new joint venture will be established between the Indian Ministry of Railways and GE Global Sourcing India.

In addition, Alstom also secured a €200m contract from Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) to provide electrification, signalling and telecommunications systems for a 343km section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor that is expected to be completed by 2019.

The deal will also see Alstom build the stations and provide the control centre.

The Indian railways has been due for an upgrade for quite some time and has received a lot of attention under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu promising to spend about $137bn for its modernisation over the next five years.

As part of the commitment, the Indian government had allowed 100% FDI in certain railway businesses last year. Prabhu had previously stated his intention to hike passenger capacity to 30 million a day apart from increasing track length by 20% and raising freight capacity by 50% to 1.5 billion tonnes a year.

According to Morgan Stanley, a “right-sizing” between Indian road and rail through railway upgrades could facilitate:

  • Reducing logistics costs by a tenth
  • Saving up to 1.5% of gross domestic product
  • Increasing trade by 5% to 6%
  • Doubling the range of Indian products exported

GE bags LOA from Indian Railways for Setting Up of Diesel Locomotive Factory at Marhowra

“In most of our growth markets, localization is typically a key part of any infrastructure deal we do,” Jamie Miller, Chief Executive Officer of GE Transportation, told. Deal is one of the First and Largest to be Awarded to a Foreign Firm since India last year allowed 100 percent FDI in some functions of its Railways

general_electric_3d_logo_animation_by_syndikata_np-d61ktu6New Delhi: Indian Railways have taken a giant leap forward in ‘Make in India’ drive by issuing the Letter of Award for setting up of Diesel Locomotive Factory (DLF) at Marhowra, Saran district, Bihar and procurement and maintenance of mainline Diesel Electric Locomotives to M/s GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Limited today i.e. on 9th November, 2015.

Although the tenders do not come to the Railway Minister, the mantra of decentralization, deregulation and delegation of powers to the cutting edge functionaries initiated by Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a big way helped expedite the awarding of LOA.

The project was announced in the year 2006-07 to select a joint venture partner through International Competitive Bidding for manufacture and supply of modern diesel electric locomotives of 4500 HP and 6000 HP to Indian Railways. The RFP was issued to two short listed bidders at RFQ stage only on 11.03.2015.

The bid was opened on 01.09.2015 and awarded on 9th November, 2015 to M/s GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Ltd in a very transparent exercise. A joint venture company between Ministry of Railways and M/s GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Ltd will now be incorporated, which shall construct and run the DLF, Marhowra.

Ministry of Railways will hold 26% equity in the JV Company subject to a maximum of Rs.100 crore. Railway have completed acquisition of 226 acres of land for this project and taken possession. The factory is expected to be established within a period of next three years at a cost of about Rs.1000 crore.

GE will build a diesel locomotive manufacturing facility in Marhowra in Bihar, and maintenance sheds at Bhatinda in Punjab and Gandhidham in Gujarat

The Company will work on an Assured Off-Take model of 100 locomotives per annum for 10 years. The basic cost of 1000 freight locos will be about Rs.14,656 Crores. The company will also maintain these locomotives upto the 13th year. Thereafter, Indian Railways will take over the maintenance of these locomotives. The 4500 HP and 6000 HP locomotives will also operate as 9000 HP and 12000 HP multiple units to provide the necessary economical and environmentally friendly motive power to growing heavy haul freight business of Indian Railways.

This will also support the upcoming Dedicated Freight Corridors. In future, passenger version of these locomotives may also be manufactured. This factory will lead to direct and indirect employment and development of ancillaries and support industry in the neighboring region which is economically less developed leading to much more investment and related job creation.

These locomotives will be highly fuel efficient which will bring savings in fuel costs on Indian Railways. These locomotives will be equipped with latest technology like electronic fuel injection system, motor driven blowers and compressors, REMMLOT system, noise control to the latest standards.

These hi-tech and environment friendly locomotives shall be compliant to UIC 624 emission norms. Under PPP arrangement, there is no restriction on upgradation of technology by the Company to bring further benefits to Indian Railways.

Key Attributes:

  • The Mantra of Decentralization, Deregulation and Delegation of Powers to the Cutting Edge Functionaries Initiated by Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in a Big way Helped Expedite the Awarding of this Milestone LOA.
  • The Move Signifies a Giant Leap Forward In ‘Make In India’ Drive.
  • A Joint Venture Company between Ministry of Railways and M/S GE Global Sourcing India Pvt. Limited to be Created to Construct and Run the Factory.
  • The Factory to Manufacture and Supply Modern Diesel Electric Locomotives of 4500 HP and 6000 HP to Indian Railways.  these Locos in Combination can Operate as 9000 HP and 12000 HP Multiple Units.
  • 1000 Locos to be Manufactured in a Period of Ten Years.
  • The Basic Cost of 1000 Freight Locos will be About Rs.14,656 crores.
  • These Modern Powerful Locos will be Useful for Growing Heavy Haul Freight Operations and will also Support the Mega Freight Operations for the Upcoming Dedicted Freight Corridors.
  • This Factory to Lead to Employment and the Development of Ancillaries and Support Industry in the Economically Less Developed Neighboring Region.
  • This Project will Usher in New Technologies into the Indian Industry at Large Through High Paced Indigenization within first two to three Years of Commencing Production.

 

Deal is one of the First and Largest to be Awarded to a Foreign Firm since India last year allowed 100 percent FDI in some functions of its Railways

Jamie Miller“In most of our growth markets, localization is typically a key part of any infrastructure deal we do,” Jamie Miller, Chief Executive Officer of GE Transportation, told.

The contract is also one of first and largest to be awarded to a foreign firm since India last year allowed 100 percent foreign direct investment in some parts of its railways, and comes as New Delhi embarks on a huge modernisation programme to overhaul its vast but dilapidated network.

Under the deal, the largest ever for the U.S. company in India, GE will build a manufacturing facility in the eastern state of Bihar, and two maintenance sheds elsewhere in the country, to service the locomotives over an 11-year period.

GE won against competition from rival manufacturers such as Canada’s Bombardier and Germany’s Siemens. India is also set to announce the winner of another multi-billion dollar contract to supply electric locomotives.

Keen to upgrade the country’s creaking infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said it will invest $137 billion on its railways by 2020.

It has also opened up limited parts of the state-owned network to private and foreign investment, luring manufacturers hungry for contracts from the world’s fourth largest train network.

“It will bring this technology to a market that needs it. For them, this is really aligned with ‘Make in India,’ ” GE’s Miller said.

India’s railways is a lifeline for the more than 23 million people who use it every day. It also offers some of the world’s cheapest fares to help poor people travel across the country.

But the system largely dates back to the British colonial era and India has struggled to generate money to invest and modernise, leaving an ageing and congested network where trains run at an average speed of just 50 kilometres per hour.

GE said the company had received a letter of award from India, and it would now sign a formal agreement before beginning construction of the new factory.

Indian Railways to roll out 4,000 LHB coaches on track by 2016

LHB Coaches on IRCome 2016, Indian Railways will roll out coaches using German technology. Four coach factories will replace the indigenously-designed carriages with 4,000 Linke Holfmann Bush (LHB) coaches.

However, the Indian Railways is not planning to make a complete shift to LHBs on rail tracks, but the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF)-designed old coaches will be phased out once they outlive their life span.

Conventional coaches run for 25 years and are prices at Rs 1.5 crore, while LHB AC coaches cost between Rs 2.5 crore and Rs 3 crore, serve about a decade more.

According to K K Saxena, General Manager, Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala, a complete phase-out of conventional coaches and proliferation of LHB coaches would be possible by 2040, if there was no policy change by the government.

“The complete switchover from conventional coaches to LHBs is possible when RCF starts rolling out non-AC LHB coaches on a large scale.”

RCF produces “end-on-generation” air-conditioned LHB coaches. It is also expected to develop a second variant of the power car for non-AC coaches within the next five to six months, which will have commercially useful space on the top. At the bottom, there will be underslung power generation sets of lower capacity suitable for them.

Increase in carrying capacity and life cycle of LHB coaches is expected to bring down transportation cost for every kilometre by about 12 -15 per cent, even though production costs of LHB is higher.

RCF has invested Rs 114 crore since 2007 for the transition. Another Rs 130 crore has been sanctioned for phase II of the project, which will be invested over a period of 2-3 years, said Saxena.

To start with, trains with more than 20 coaches will use LHBs, then it will be extended to mail/express trains apart from Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. LHB coaches manufactured in RCF in Kapurthala are mostly used in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains while other mail and express trains are equipped with conventional coaches built at the ICF in Chennai.

Increase in carrying capacity and life cycle of LHB coaches is expected to bring down transportation cost for every kilometre by about 12 -15 per cent, even though production costs of LHB is higher. With the optimisation of line capacity, the speed potential can also go up to 200 kilometres an hour from 110 kmph now.

“Apart from the economic benefit, LHB coaches offer better safety and do not turn turtle in case of a head-on collision,” said a railway ministry official.

A senior ICF official said they have invested Rs 300 crore for 250 coaches since 2009-end. The planned rollout of LHB coaches from RCF in 2011-2012 at 450 has increased almost 77 per cent from the actual production of 257 between 2001 to 2006.

The annual production capacity projection for LHB coaches in 2011-2012 from the three factories, including the upcoming one in Raebareli will be 506 but is expected to go up eight-fold in 2016-2017. By then, the Palghat factory is also expected to join the three production units in manufacturing LHB coaches.

The Railways acquired the passenger coach manufacturing technology through two separate agreements with Alstom LHB in 1995, one for supply of 24 EOG coaches and the other for transfer of technology to produce the coaches at Indian rail coach facilities. The 24 EOGs were imported at Rs 131.37 crore.

Raebareli Coach Factory to start Full-fledged Production by year end

Rail Coach Factory project in Rae Bareli has seen many hiccups, from land issues to employees unwilling to shift to the town
Rail Coach Factory project in Rae Bareli has seen many hiccups, from land issues to employees unwilling to shift to the town

Rae Bareli (RBL): Raebareli rail coach factory might start full-fledged production by end of the year. After starting production in 2011, the factory has produced only 375 assembled coaches so far.  The ‘synchronization’ of machines is on at the factory which will ensure full production, said sources. The factory was set-up to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of coaches. Indian Railways need about 5,000 coaches in a year. RCF, Kapoorthala and Integral coach factory, Chennai together roll out some 2,500 coaches. Raebareli factory, say sources, has the capacity to produce 1,500 coaches if it is made to function in three shifts.  But so far the Lalganj factory in VIP constituency Raebareli has not come on its own. It is still dependent on RCF, Kapoorthala for 50% raw material.  In June last year, the factory was declared independent by the centre so that it could manufacture coaches independently without entirely depending on government fund. But that has not boost production. “This year it has to manufacture 500 coaches,” said sources. The factory produces only LHB coaches. LHB is a light weight coach based on German technology that can improve the speed of train and is the latest requirement of Indian Railways. Railways incur about Rs 2.73 crore in manufacturing a single AC 3 tier LHB coach and Rs 2.63 crore in manufacturing an AC 2 tier LHB coach. An empty shell costs around Rs 50 to 60 lakh.

Info:
Project sanctioned – November 2006
Foundation laid – February 2007
Land acquisition started – August 2007
Sanctioned cost – Rs 1685 crore
Cost escalation (due to delay) – Rs 2500 crore
Target (when announced) – rolling out 1,000 coaches per year
Land acquired – 541 hectare
Land for factory – only 167 hectare
Construction started – February 2009

Alstom declared L1 Bidder in Indian Railways Locomotives project

Alstom Logo 4cNew Delhi: The government’s plans to both create investment in Bihar ahead of the elections as well as create more competition in the Railways got a boost with French major Alstom emerging as the lowest bidder (L1 Bidder) for the production of Electric Locomotives in Madhepura in Bihar, India.

Sources say the bid was for under INR 30 Crore each, taking the size of the contract to INR 25,000 Crore over 10 years. Apart from manufacturing 80 Locomotives a year, the contract envisages maintenance for the locomotives for a period of 12 years.  Setting up the factory is likely to cost around INR 4,000-5,000 crore.

The bid is much lower than what the Railways had envisaged. In 2009, for instance, the Railways internal estimate was that a bid of around Rs 28 crore would be acceptable. The government has been trying to set up the factory since 2005, but has been unsuccessful so far. In 2008, when the final groundwork was done and the bids called, it was opined that the projects were scuttled by some vested interests in the Railways on grounds that there were too few bidders.

Three global companies – Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens had been shortlisted for the financial bid which opened on Monday. The financial bid for the Marhowra Diesel Locomotive plant is going to open today with GE and EMD being the shortlisted candidates. The Marhora plant is expected to manufacture about 1,000 diesel locomotives in ten years, that is 100 locomotives annually.

CR’s Parel Workshop looks to up Bio-Diesel Production

bio dieselMumbai:  “We have successfully achieved our target to produce 1,500 litres of bio-diesel per month (since August 2014) from edible oils and looking ahead an uptick in this production, though we are facing shortage of raw material like used edible oil which is its primary source,” said an official from Parel workshop.

Explaining the process of chemical reaction which transforms used edible oil into bio-diesel, the official added, “a triglyceride molecule reacts with an excess of alcohol in the presence of strong base catalyst to produce fatty esters and glycerin as a by-product and this fatty ester of alcohol is known as bio-diesel.”

With a concern for cleaner environment, Indian Railwayshas decided to promote use of alternative fuels like bio-diesel in a big way for powering the vast fleet of over 4,000 diesel locomotives.

Technically, bio-diesel can be used in diesel engines without engine modification and can attain full operating power.

“We are very shortly going to approach hotel owners and edible oil users to give or donate once used edible oil to us. The only problem with us is that if edible oil has been used more than once, then viscosity of the bio-diesel does not match with ideal bio-diesel’s viscosity,” said Narendra Patil, Chief PRO of Central Railway.

Terming this venture as moving from “Black Gold” to “Green Gold”, Patil further added, “Bio-diesel has potential to become the fuel of the future and it will not only provide employment opportunities in rural areas but also energy security, cleaner air and savings in foreign exchange.”

Biodiesel is safe, biodegradable, and reduces serious air pollutants such as particulates, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and air toxics.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, using B-20 biodiesel fuel blend can reduce unburned hydrocarbons up to 20 per cent, carbon monoxide upto 12 per cent and particulate matter upto 12 per cent.

Jamalpur Railway Workshop to be modernized soon

Jamalpur GymkhanaMunger (MGR): The Jamalpur Railway Workshop would be equipped with modern technology very soon, said Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, Additional Member, Railway Board (Mechanical), here on Friday. He was addressing the workshop officers.

He said the Vivekdeo Roy committee suggested separation of security, health and education from the gamut of Indian Railways. He said if accepted, such recommendations might make railways privatization possible. A high powered committee was constituted by the railway ministry and the report has been submitted to the Railway Board in December, 2014.

Agrawal dispatched a tower car manufactured at Jamalpur workshop in 2011 for Mughalsarai and a 140- tonne crane for Babadih, both in ECR. This was the 58th crane manufactured at Jamalpur workshop.

Chief works manager Animesh Kumar Sinha briefed Agrawal about the workload. Later, a delegation of the Eastern Railwaymen’s Congress, Jamalpur branch, met Agrawal and submitted a memorandum mentioning that the workers’ strength at the workshop was declining day by day.

Dharmendra Kumar Yadav, branch secretary of the Congress, told Agrawal that there were 10,000 workers during 2009-10, but the strength was reduced to 8000 only. The secretary urged him to increase the workforce. Yadav said more than 1,000 persons were waiting in the panel prepared by the board for job, but the railways had turned a deaf ear.

Budge Budge Coach Bogie Frame Factory to supply 600 LHB Bogie Frames to Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala

Budge Budge (BGB): The bogie manufacturing factory at Budge Budge, the foundation stone for which was laid by Mamata on January 11, 2011, commenced production in March, 2015 and will supply 600 LHB bogie frames to Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala every year as planned.

Production has also started at the DEMU factory at Haldia and the two at Dankuni supplying spares to Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi and Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW).

“The unit at Budge Budge was originally called the AC Container & Bogie Manufacturing Factory and the investment was to be Rs.59.3 Crore. Now it is known as the Coach Bogie Frame Factory and the project cost has gone up to Rs 149 crore. The factory is manufacturing FIAT bogie frames that offer superior riding quality, higher safety and have lower maintenance requirements. These bogie frames will facilitate Indian Railways’ plan to switch over from the manufacture of conventional steel coaches to LHB stainless steel ones,” a senior official said.

Indian Railways used coaches primarily manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, till some were imported from Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) in Germany. These stainless steel coaches with more riding comfort were initially used in the Rajdhani Expresses. Later, the LHB coaches started being manufactured at RCF under licence from Alstom LHB GmbH (Alstom took over the company in 1998). The Indian Railways then took a decision to switch over from conventional coaches to LHB ones for all important mail/express trains.

The unit of CLW at Dankuni has also started production and is expected to roll out the first high horsepower electric locomotive by the end of this year.

Railways to invite bids for Marhowra diesel unit on Sept 1

Marhaura (MEW): Indian Railways intends to invite the financial bids for setting up of the diesel locomotive unit on a joint venture basis at Marhowra on September 1 this year.

The shortlisted players for the diesel loco factory to be set up at Marhowra, Bihar are GE and EMD. Hemant Kumar, Member-Electrical, said this in a media briefing here yesterday.

Kumar added that Railways intends to fit 17,000 biotoilets in about 4,250 coaches this year (2015-16) to open discharge of faecal matter on the track. Fitting each coach with four such biotoilets cost Rs. 3 lakh. Railways have about 60,000 broad gauge coaches, which require over Rs. 2,000 crore at the current cost.

Railway also plans to acquire about 1,800 wagons from Jindal Infrastructure, according to Kumar. “This year, we will procure 8,500 wagons. Orders for 1,800 wagons have been released to Jindal, while counter offer is given to other players to match the price,” he said.

Last year, railways had procured wagons at over Rs. 11 lakh a wagon, while this year, the price per wagon is over Rs.10 lakh, said railway officials without getting into specifics.

Financial Bids for Marhora Diesel Plant in Bihar to open in September 2015

New Delhi: Financial bidding for the big ticket Rs 1200 crore diesel locomotive project at Marhora in Bihar will open on September 1.

Two US multinationals – GE and EMD – are vying to bag the plant, Railway Board Member Hemant Kumar said here today.

Ending the suspense over the fate of the proposed plant to be executed in the joint venture model, Railways has finalised the financial bidding for the high-value joint venture projects after considerable delays, re-thinking and prolonged due diligence amid repeated revision of bidding documents.

Before opening the request for proposal (RFP) containing financial bidding documents, there will be a second-pre-bid meeting on June 24, Kumar said.

With the government allowing 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector, setting up of locomotive plant in joint venture model is crucial for Railways to give a boost to its infrastructure.

After the opening of the RFP, it will take about a month to examine the financial documents before announcing the award, he said.

Marhora plant will produce 4500 HP and 6,000 HP diesel locomotives using state-of-the-art technology.

In the course of about 10 years after commissioning, the proposed plant is expected to manufacture nearly 1,000 diesel- electric locomotives, that is 100 locomotives annually.

While 700 diesel locomotives will be equipped with 4,500 horse power (HP), 300 diesel locomotives will be manufactured with 6,000 HP, said the official.

These locomotives will be fuel efficient and help mitigate the adverse impact of greenhouse gases.

Rail Politics: Ahead of Assembly Polls, twin rail projects bug Bihar CM

Patna (PNBE): Chief minister Nitish Kumar today expressed displeasure over delay of two ambitious projects in Patna and slammed the railway ministry for halting them.

The projects are Patliputra Junction and Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge.

A few days back, minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha visited Patna and had alleged non-cooperation from the state government as far as expediting the projects were concerned.

Patliputra Junction is ready for use for more than two-and-a-half years but on several occasions, its inauguration has been postponed. Once the station becomes functional, it would ease traffic of trains on Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal and Danapur railway station.

The same scenario is with Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge. The project was to be completed in 2007 but it was extended for eight years. The completion of the project is very important for the state as the existing Gandhi Setu, which connects Patna with north Bihar, is in bad shape.

“The central ministers paraglide in Bihar and after making announcements, they leave the state. They must be aware that who had coined the name Patliputra Junction and under whose tenure the proposal was passed? The same goes with Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge. On February 3, 2002, the project was started by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” Nitish said on the sidelines of his weekly janata durbar at 1 Aney Marg.

In his recent visit, junior railway minister had said that by June 30 the bridge would become functional.

Nitish took a dig at Sinha saying: “I know Manoj Sinha very well. He is a very good friend of mine and he is a nice person. However, the BJP leaders force him to tell wrong things.”

As things stands now, the Patliputra Junction does not seem to become functional in the coming days as the matter is pending before the railways in which they have agreed upon handing over 1.5 acres to construct the road. The villagers of Rupaspur and Jalalpur are protesting to construct the road passing through the railway tracks.

In the case of Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge, though the junior railway minister declared that the train service would start in first week of July, it doesn’t seem to be correct because it can only start after the inspection by commissioner of railway safety (CRS). Till now no such indication is visible from the railways side.

A senior ECR official said: “Digha-Sonepur rail-cum road bridge cannot become functional in July because the CRS has not yet inspected the bridge. The CRS will only inspect once he works on the bridge is completed and it would take a few more months.”

Nitish also took a dig at the Centre for interrupting the proposed bridge parallel to Gandhi Setu being executed by the state government. The work is set to kick off in August this year.

With Assembly polls around the corner, Rail projects on fast track in Bihar

Patna (PBNE): With Assembly elections in Bihar around the corner, all big railway projects in the state have been put on the fast track. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally monitoring the progress of the projects that include two mega-bridges and two locomotive factories.

An official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) told that Modi reviewed the projects during the May 27 interaction of Pragati, the multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation in which all the State/Central Chief Secretaries, Secretaries and other Top heads of various State/Central government departments will directly interact with the Prime Minister through Video Conferencing. He asked Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to expedite the implementation of all big projects so that state leaders have something to talk about in the run-up to the elections.

The people quoted earlier said the railways have kept pace with the PM’s wishes, having allocated much higher funds for the projects as compared with the last decade of the UPA government.

The projects on the PM’s review radar are the two major rail-cum-road bridges on Ganga—one at Digha, in Patna, and the other in Munger. The implementation of the long-stalled Madhepura electric loco plant and the Marhaura diesel loco plant has been accelerated with the projects been chosen for execution using foreign direct investment ( FDI).

Among the first big-ticket projects to be pushed under the PM’s “Make in India” campaign, each state-of-the-art locomotive plant is estimated to cost Rs 1,200 crore. “The directions are to have things in place before the state elections. The financial bid for both will be opened on August 31,” said a senior railway official.

While Alstom, Siemens, GE and Bombardier have been shortlisted for the proposed factory at Madhepura, GE and EMD are vying to bag the contract for the diesel locomotive plant at Marhaura. As per the contract conditions, the railways will have 26% equity in the plants and the rest will be held by the foreign firms.

The PMO official said that while Modi was focused on overall infrastructure development, railway projects were specifically significant in context of Bihar.

“BJP is faced with two formidable foes in Bihar—Lalu and Nitish—both of whom have been relatively influential railway ministers, having announced a whole slew of projects for the state. However, many of the projects never really took off because of lack of commitment,” the official said.

Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop registers Record Output

Mancheswar (MCS): Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop (MCSW) under East Coast Railway (ECoR) has bagged four certifications – three ISO certificates – QMS, EMS and OHSAS and 5S certification for integrated management system. By doing so, it has become the only carriage repair workshop in the country to achieve the distinction so far, Chief Works Manager of MCSW S Pankaj said.

Addressing mediapersons on the completion of 30 years of MCSW, Pankaj said the workshop has surpassed all 45 CRWs in the country in terms of productivity by achieving the lowest manpower-productivity ratio during financial year 2014-15.

MCSW has recorded highest ever periodic overhaul (POH) outturn with 46 per cent growth in the last two years. The factory recorded periodic overhauling of 200 air-conditioned coaches during 2014-15 and intermediate overhauling (IOH) of 150 coaches with a growth of over 50 per cent during the same period.

The factory has achieved a bogie outturn of 4578 with an increase of 41 per cent and wheel outturn of 12505, an increase of 62 per cent in the last two years.

In terms of corrosion control, refurbishment, provision of LED-based tail lamp in sleeper coaches and emergency lamps and provision of laptop and mobile charging points in coaches, MCSW has recorded best performance in the country.

The workshop has started POH and IOH of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches, which are safer and faster in a large scale manner.

Presently, ECoR has 187 LHB coaches running in Rajdhani Express, Purushottam Express and Puri – Howrah Shatabdi Express apart from Bhubaneswar – New Delhi Duroto Express, which has LHB shell with air suspension ICF bogie.

Speaking about coaches with bio-toilets, Pankaj informed that the unit aims at producing 400 bio-toilet equipped coaches by 2015-16. Currently ECoR has around 270 coaches fitted with bio-toilets.

In 2014-15, 41 LHB coaches have been periodic and intermediate overhauled and in the last two months, 18 such coaches have been overhauled.

Foundation Stone laid for Diesel Locomotive Traction Alternator Workshop (DLTAW) at Vidisha

Diesel Locomotive Traction Alternator Workshop (DLTAW) inaugurated by Sushma Swaraj.  Suresh Prabhu says Habibganj railway Station in Bhopal will be developed into a model station
adhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Diesel traction Motor factory for Locomotive engine in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh on May 26, 2015.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Diesel traction Motor factory for Locomotive engine in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh on May 26, 2015

Vidisha (BHS): Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said that Railways and MP government will join hands to form country’s first company to enhance railway services in the state.

“We have entered into understandings with 20 states to start such companies. But, the first one will be start in MP,” he said after laying foundation stone of the Diesel Locomotive Traction Alternator Workshop (DLTAW) here. Suresh Prabhu said that Railways and MP government will join hands to form country’s first company to enhance railway services in the state.

He said that the Habibganj railway Station in Bhopal will be developed into a model station. She said that the development of Vidisha was her top priority adding that many more development works will be carried out here.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh Chief MInister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Diesel Locomotive Traction Alternator Workshop in Vidisha on Tuesday
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh Chief MInister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Diesel Locomotive Traction Alternator Workshop in Vidisha on Tuesday

Prabhu also laid the foundation stone of a goods godown at Sauri station, inaugurated the CCTV cameras installed at Vidisha station and two renovated platforms – one each at Vidisha and Sanchi stations here.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, also present on the occasion, praised Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for making available the land for DLTAW free of cost, in her constituency Vidisha.

She said that the development of Vidisha was her top priority adding that many more development works will be carried out here. Prabhu also laid the foundation stone of a goods godown at Sauri station, inaugurated the CCTV cameras installed at Vidisha station and two renovated platforms – one each at Vidisha and Sanchi stations here
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ER’s Jamalpur Workshop’s best ever outturn in POH of Wagons

Jamalpur (JMP): Eastern Railway’s (ER) Jamalpur Workshop has enjoyed the distinction of being the largest and the oldest locomotive repair workshop with the most diversified manufacturing activities in Indian Railways.

The workshop has a number of firsts to its credit, the first to manufacture a steam locomotive and a locomotive boiler, 216 of which were manufactured between 1899 and 1923; the first to have set up a rolling mill, not only on the railways but probably in the country, in 1879; the first to establish a railway foundry in the year 1863; the first to manufacture a rail crane in the country with indigenous know-how in 1961; first to manufacture high capacity synchronized electrically operated lifting jacks popularly known as “Jamalpur Jacks” in 1962 and ticket printing, ticket chopping, ticket slitting and ticket counting machines; this is the only workshop in Indian Railways that was having an in-house captive power plant of 5 MVA.

Considering national and global standards, the workshop obtained its ISO 9001:2000 certification on May 28 2003 which got subsequently upgraded to ISO 9001-2008 during 2010-11. Thus, now this workshop has become at par with any other heavy engineering industry in the country dealing with Rolling stock manufacture and POH. During the last financial year ER’s Jamalpur Workshop has achieved best ever outturn of Periodical Overhauling (POH) of Wagons which reached to the number as high as 5221. The Loco POH outturn has also reached to 81 against target number of 78 during 2014-15. Besides, 153 numbers of Jamalpur Jacks were also manufactured surpassing the target of 150 during the last financial year.

CR’s Parel Workshop rolls-out 100th Non-Customer Engine

Mumbai: In a landmark achievement,Central Railway’s Parel workshop has rolled out its 100th indigenously manufactured engine in non-customer category, since its inception in 2007.

The engine comes with a micro-processor based control system,which activates the brakes and cuts off the fuel supply in case of any fault in the engine, Central Railway Chief PRO Narendra Patil told reporters here yesterday.

The system activates the brakes and cuts off the fuel supply in case of any fault in the engine.  The WDS6 diesel engine has 1350 HP and weighs 126 tonne, he said.

This is the 100th engine in the non-customer (non-passenger) category made at the workshop since it started in 2007, Patil said

Parel 100th LocoPassenger safety was given topmost priority while designing the new locomotive, Chief Workshop Manager of the Parel Workshop Mr.Sumit Sharma told. There could be a possibility of the engine driver being inattentive or not controlling the systems properly.

In the new engine (a WDS 6 loco), a vigilance-controlled device is active every 90 seconds. It can detect any fault in the engine, be it the pressure levels or the working of various components in the locomotive.

If there is a slight fault,it will indicate it on a computerized panel before bringing the loco to a halt.

The new engine,which was flagged off from the workshop recently, will be attached to long-distance trains. The workshop has already lined up 14 more engines with micro-processor based controls to be manufactured in coming months.

The Parel workshop,which was originally set up for repairs and rehab of diesel locomotives,has been manufacturing engines since March 2007.While this is the workshops 100th WDS 6 locomotive,it has also manufactured 43 WDG-3 A type engines (those used in goods/freight wagon trains).

The Parel workshop had recently set up a GPS-based remote monitoring and management of locomotive and train (REMMLOT) system to enable monitoring of the micro-processor locomotives location,health and faults.This workshop is the first-of-itskind in Indian Railways to install the REMMLOT system on locomotives.

SCR’s Lallaguda Carriage Workshop bags Prestigious “INTACH Heritage Award 2015”

Shri Kabeer Ahmed, Chief Mechanical Engineer, SCR and Shri S.S. Misra, Chief Workshop Manager, Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda and Shri P.K. Srivastava GM SCR , are seen with the INTACH AWARD
Shri Kabeer Ahmed, Chief Mechanical Engineer, SCR and Shri S.S. Misra, Chief Workshop Manager, Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda and Shri P.K. Srivastava GM SCR , are seen with the INTACH AWARD

Secunderabad (SC): The Carriage Workshop of South Central Railway located at Lallaguda, Secunderabad was bestowed with the prestigious Heritage Award of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Hyderabad Chapter on the occasion of the World Heritage Day celebrations held at Salarjung Musuem, Hyderabad on 18th April, 2015. The award was presented to the Carriage Workshop under the Modern Industrial Heritage category.

Shri P.K.Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway, who has been instrumental in focusing due priority towards identifying and preservation of rail heritage on the Zone, expressed his happiness at the recognition earned by the Carriage Workshop, Lallaguda. He opined that SCR has got a rich past dating back to the origin of Railways in the region and all efforts shall be made to protect this legacy, in terms of structures, machinery, tools, photographs etc. The recent setting up of Rail Museum at Kacheguda, is hence an initiative in the right direction, he stated.

The Carriage Workshop of SCR which is located at Lallaguda was established in 1893 as the Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Workshop of the Nizam State Railway (NSR). The work on a railways system for the erstwhile Hyderabad State commenced in 1870 and linked Hyderabad to the Greater Indian Peninsular Railway (GIP) network on the Bombay – Madras route which transited through the Dominions via Gulbarga, Raichur and Gooty. The Wadi – Secunderabad line became operational on 8th October, 1874. It was initially worked by GIP Railways before being taken over by the Nizam Guranteed Railway Company (NSGR) in 1879. By the turn of the century, another link to the Indian railway network was established with the commissioning of a link to Manmad undertaken by the Hyderabad-Godavari Valley Railway. The Government of Hyderabad took over direct control of the Railways in 1930 and renamed it as the Nizam State Railways (NSR).

The Lallaguda Workshop complex is one of the oldest surviving examples of modern Industrial Architecture in the Twin Cities. It signaled the beginning of major industry in the state. A number of structures in use today date from the time of the workshop’s initial commissioning. The precinct provides us with a glimpse of not only the industrial advances made over more than a century but is also a repository of heritages from a bygone era. Restored wagons, coaches and a variety of artefacts relating to railway history have been preserved and quite a few are displayed at the site. Notable among these one finds a meticulously restored coach of 1886 vintage.

The citation of INTACH states that – for its unique status as one of the earliest examples of Modern Industrial Heritage and for the efforts in conserving and preserving facets of Railway history, the Carriage Workshop at Lallaguda richly deserves an award.

With Rs.5206 Crore worth big ticket projects in hand, ECR set to serve as Railways’ ancillary zone

Patna (PNBE): East Central Railway which came into existence in October 2002, is all set to become an ancillary zone of Indian Railways following the Centre’s go-ahead for FDI in its two ambitious projects – Electric Locomotive Manufacturing Factory at Madhepura and Diesel Locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura in Saran district.

ECR has become a key player of Indian Railways insofar as revenue generation is concerned due to record loading of coal per day from Dhanbad. It has helped ECR join the club of railway zones earning more than Rs 10,000 crore annually.

ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak said the zone has made much progress in the field of information technology (IT). IT is now being used in security and train monitoring systems. ECR has more than 22 A-class stations which earn Rs 60 to 70 crore annually. These stations include Patna Junction, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Mughalsarai and Dhanbad, he said, adding all the five divisions of the zone have been provided adequate amenities at stations.

The recent decision of railways to expedite completion of the diesel locomotive and electric locomotive factories is likely to give a fillip to railways’ development plans in Bihar. Goods wagons and passenger wagons maintenance workshops in the state have already given an impetus to socio-economic development in the state, said a Railway Board official.

The Bihar government has to take initiative to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with railways to develop Bihar as an ancillary zone on the pattern of Bangalore, Hardwar and Bhopal, the Railway Board official said.

The railways’ ongoing projects in Bihar are wheel factory at Chapra (Rs 1417.23 crore), diesel locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura in Sararn district (Rs 2,025 crore), coach maintenance workshop at Harnaut (Rs 225 crore), goods wagon repair workshop at Sonepur (Rs 90 crore), DEMU maintenance depot at Sonepur (Rs 15 crore), wagon repair workshop at Samastipur (Rs 33 crore) and electric locomotive manufacturing factory at Madhepura (Rs 1,400 crore), sources said.

Kanchrapara Rail Coach Factory identified for Domestic or Foreign Direct Investment

Kanchrapara (KPA): The proposed rail coach factory at Kanchrapara, announced in 2009-10 by then railway minister Mamata Banerjee, in 2009-10 when she was railway has not been shelved. The white paper submitted in Parliament by railway minister Suresh Prabhu on February 26 lists it as one of the projects identified for domestic or foreign direct investment in the railways. The ministry of railways has also revised the cost from Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 1,200 crore.

The ministry wants both factories to be built on Build Operate Transfer (BOT)/Build Operate Own (BOO)/Joint Venture (JV) or Annuity basis. The Kanchrapara factory will have to build 500 EMU/MEMU coaches every year and the contract will be awarded to the party that offers the lowest price per EMU/MEMU.

“The conventional EMU rakes in the Mumbai suburban network are being replaced with new ones that have regenerative brakes. These EMUs adopt a three-phase technology with Insulated Gate Bi-polar Transistor (IGBT)-based system capable of regenerating 25-30% of the energy utilized. The trains draw power from an overhead source and regenerate energy while braking. The system converts this back to electrical energy, thus reducing consumption,” an railway board officer said.

With the railways requiring more such IGBT rakes, the need for a production unit has gone up. The facility may also come in handy for the railways’ plans to run long-distance trains at 160-200km per hour along existing routes by using imported train sets.

“The train sets will have about 21 AC coaches each with comfortable interiors. As all coaches will have traction, these trains will have greater acceleration and draw less energy. The travel time between two cities will come down significantly. The railways plans to import a few train sets and then start manufacturing them in India. If the factory at Kanchrapara becomes a reality, this facility may be utilized later for manufacture of train sets. Many of these will be required as the plan is to use them for all Rajdhanis and Shatabdis,” the officer said.

Railway Minister approves 2 FDI Projects for setting up Diesel & Electric Locomotive Plants in Bihar at Rs.2400 Crore

New Delhi: In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has finally given green signal to the two much awaited big-ticket FDI proposals for setting up diesel and electric locomotive plants in Bihar at a cost of Rs 2,400 crore.

Ending the suspense over the fate of Madhepura electric locomotive plant and Marhora diesel locomotive plant, Railways has finalised the financial bidding for the high-value joint venture projects after considerable delays, re-thinking and prolonged due diligence amid repeated revision of bidding documents.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) containing financial bidding documents for both the plants are ready and the shortlisted bidders have been intimated the same, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

While four global firms — Alstom, Siemens, GE and Bombardier — have been shortlisted for the proposed electric locomotive factory at Madhepura, two multinationals — GE and EMD – are vying to bag the diesel locomotive plant at Marhora.

The estimated cost of the factories is about Rs 1,200 crore each. The financial bidding will be opened on August 31 and there will be two pre-bid meetings held in between, the official said.

With the government allowing 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector, setting up of the two locomotive plants in joint venture model is crucial for Railways to give a boost to its infrastructure. The two projects are among top eight infrastructure projects being monitored by the PMO.

The Madhepura plant will manufacture 800 electric locomotives of 12,000 horse power (HP) over 11 years. While five electric locomotives will be imported, 795 will be manufactured at Madhepura, as per the bidding condition.

Marhora plant will produce 4500 HP and 6,000 HP diesel locomotives using state-of-the-art technology.

In the course of about 10 years after commissioning, the proposed Marhora plant is expected to manufacture about 1,000 diesel-electric locomotives, that is 100 locomotives annually.

While 700 diesel locomotives will be equipped with 4,500 horse power (HP), 300 diesel locomotives will be manufactured with 6,000 HP, said the official.

Railways will have 26 per cent equity while the global players will have 74 per cent equity in each of the plants at Madhepura and Marhora.

CNR Corporation and CSR Corporation, both based in China, had submitted qualifying bids through request for quotation (RFQ) for both the factories but were rejected in the qualifying bid in May 2014.

The proposals for the diesel and electric locomotive factory in Bihar were announced in 2008 by the then Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.

Both factories are to be set up in PPP model and there are many changes in the bidding documents over the clauses of transfer of technology and maintenance since the announcement.

“In order to give a boost to the infrastructure sector, setting up of these two factories on PPP mode is crucial for the current economy scenario and the PMO is also monitoring these projects,” the official said.

Bidding documents were earlier discharged on November 2011 and Railways called for fresh proposals for the two factories.

Scope of maintenance work for the proposed factories was revised significantly and amended bid documents were approved by the Cabinet on January 20 last year and subsequently RFQ followed by RFP for both plants were finalised, the official said.

Agreement for manufacturing 1000 BLC Wagons inked between CONCOR and Jamalpur Workshop

पटना Patna (PNBE): The 153-year-old Jamalpur railway workshop, the first locomotive workshop of Indian Railways and the largest factory of Bihar, added a new feather to its cap by bagging a contract of Rs.245 crore from Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) to manufacture about 1,000 bogie low containers (BLC) wagons. The BLC wagons are known as the ‘Rajdhani’ of goods train running at the maximum speed limit of 100 kmph on the existing track condition.  Munger, together with this contract and an upcoming ITC dairy plant, has got an investment worth Rs.500 crore.

According to Chief Workshop Manager/Jamalpur Animesh Kumar Sinha, this contract is the biggest ever grabbed by Jamalpur workshop so far. The Jamalpur workshop bagged this order by beating even the private wagon builders by offering a lower price with proven quality and record of delivering consignments on time, he said.

The agreement for the new contract of manufacturing 1,000 BLC wagon was inked between CONCOR GM Shankar Mazumdar and Jamalpur workshop CWM at Jamalpur on Saturday. Mazumdar handed over a cheque of Rs.73 crore to the CWM in presence of Railway Board member (mechanical) Hemant Kumar, Sinha said, adding Kumar had earlier inspected the Jamalpur workshop and lauded the quality of work.

Sinha said the workshop has expertise in manufacturing BLC wagons of super quality. The workshop would complete the project within two to three years from now, he said.

The Jamalpur railway workshop had recently installed an underwater plasma cutting machine for increasing productivity of BLC wagons. The modern equipment helped it bag such a big contracts. Railway Board member Kumar also announced cash rewards for several officials and employees of the workshop for bringing laurels to the workshop, sources said.

Major fire at the century-old Rail Carriage Repair Workshop at Hubli

Smoke billowing out of the Rail Carriage Repair Workshop in Hubballi on Wednesday
Smoke billowing out of the Rail Carriage Repair Workshop in Hubballi on Wednesday

हुबली Hubli (UBL): A major fire that broke out in the century-old Rail Carriage Repair Workshop on Gadag Road here, created panic among the workers and the public on Wednesday.

The fire was noticed around 12.50 p.m. at the rubbish yard of the workshop, and spread quickly. There were no casualties.

The Fire and Emergency Services personnel rushed to the spot. The operation that went on 8 p.m. and involved 45 personnel and six fire engines. The workshop didn’t have any standard fire-fighting equipment or arrangements, including a fire hydrant, sources said. Deputy Chief Workshop Manager Vijaykumar issued a statement hat the Railways had not incurred any loss due to the fire as the material that got burnt was of zero value. He said the cause of the fire would be investigated.

Two Locomotive manufacturing projects of Bihar on Centre’s radar

पटना Patna (PNBE): Execution of two railway projects – diesel locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura in Saran district and electric locomotive manufacturing factory at Madhepura – allocated to Bihar in 2006 is a priority for the Narendra Modi government. Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar is likely to present a blueprint of these two factories and discuss early execution of the two projects with the PM in the first week of November.

According to a Railway Board official, railways is faced with fund crunch and, as such, has decided to complete most of the ambitious railway projects on public-private partnership (PPP) basis in the current fiscal year. Six projects have been selected for execution on PPP basis, and they include the Marhaura and Madhepura projects.

A draft policy in this regard also seeks to get state governments play a proactive role in execution of the railway projects in their respective states. The draft policy also envisages creating railway connectivity on private land. Railways would require at least Rs five lakh crore to take up several important projects in the country, the Railway Board official said.

According to sources, the Madhepura project was approved at an estimated cost of Rs 1,294 crore while the Marhaura factory was to come up at a cost of Rs 2,025 crore. Four foreign companies have offered bids for Madhepura electric engine factory while two internationally reputed companies have so far come forward for Marhaura diesel locomotive factory, the sources said adding about 100 locomotives each would be manufactured every year at these two factories.

Chinese cos out of bidding race for Bihar Railway plants

नई दिल्ली New Delhi:  Two Chinese companies, which had bid to set up two modern locomotive factories in Bihar, are now out of the race with Railways finalising the request for qualification and shortlisting global bidders.

CNR Corporation and CSR Corporation, both based in China, had submitted qualifying bids for the electric locomotive factory at Madhepura and diesel locomotive factory at Marwhora worth Rs 1,300 crore each.

ICF, RCF manufactured 905 Passenger Coaches between April-July, 2014

नई दिल्ली New Delhi:  Integral Coach Factory (ICF), and Rail Coach Factory (RCF), production units of Indian Railways, have produced 519 and 386 coaches during 1st April to 31st July 2014 respectively.

A new Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli is being set up with an installed capacity of 1000 coaches. Production at Rae Bareli Coach Factory has commenced and turned out 130 coaches during 2013-14 and 41 coaches upto July, 2014.

The Production/Acquisition target of coaches for the year 2014-15 is 3658. Indian Railways does not import coaches to meet annual production/acquisition targets.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

GE and EMD shortlisted for Rs.1200 Cr Diesel Loco Unit in Bihar

मरहोवरा Marhowra (MEW): The railways has shortlisted two US multinationals — General Electric and Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) — for the Rs.1,200-crore Marhowra diesel locomotive factory in Bihar. This follows shortlisting of four companies (apart from GE, Bombardier, Siemens and Alstom) for the Rs.1,300-crore Madhepura electric loco factory in the state.

The recent railway budget stressed that the national transporter with scarce resources will have to embrace the PPP model in various areas — production of rolling stock, high-speed rail networks, logistic parks, station modernisation, etc. The target set for PPP projects this year is a modest Rs.6,000 crore but over the next few years, PPP investments in the sector are expected to rise manifold.

The Marhowra project, which has been in limbo for more than six years, is likely to be awarded in September. Four multinational firms, including two Chinese companies CSR and CNR, apart from the two shortlisted, had applied for the project. The request for proposal document will be issued soon, after which the final selection will be made, a railway board official told.

Raebareli Rail Coach Factory ready to start rolling out coaches independently

रायबरेली Rae Bareli Jn (RBL): BJP-led central government has declared Raebareli rail coach factory independent.

The Lalganj rail coach factory at Raebareli was declared a ‘full-fledged’ factory on June 30. It will start rolling out coaches independently without entirely depending on government fund.

Sources say that the factory now would generate revenue through production. “Plan is to roll out 300 coaches and most of them independently.” In 2013-14, factory produced only 150 shells (empty shells without bogey and interiors).

After starting production in 2011, the factory has not produced even a single coach indigenously. It has not produced more than 200-odd assembled coaches so far.

But now, it would produce coaches all by itself. The target set for this year is miniscule but would be met by factory’s own resources, said sources.

The factory was, so far, getting raw material sourced from Kapurthala factory which was floating separate tender to procure raw material for Raebareli factory.

This not only delayed production at Lalganj factory but was also making the factory administration spend Rs 12 to 13 lakh on transportation of raw material like seats, wheels, paints, bathroom fittings and other accessories every year.

Indian Railways need about 5,000 coaches in a year. RCF, Kapoorthala and Integral coach factory, Chennai together roll out some 2,500 coaches. Raebareli factory, say sources, has the capacity to produce 1,500 coaches if it is made to function in three shifts.

Political apathy towards the project after it was inaugurated in 2007 has already escalated its cost from Rs 1,685 to Rs 2,500.

The factory produces only LHB coaches. LHB is a light weight coach based on German technology that can improve the speed of train and is the latest requirement of Indian Railways.

Railways incur about Rs 2.73 crore in manufacturing a single AC 3 tier LHB coach and Rs 2.63 crore in manufacturing an AC 2 tier LHB coach. An empty shell costs around Rs 50 to 60 lakh.

The ministry of railways when headed by Mamata Banerjee was not bountiful to the project. Sources said that it was not getting a budget more than Rs 100 crore annually.

Things turned in its favour only when Pawan Bansal took over as the minister.

Container Wagons flagged off from Golden Rock Workshop

BLC wagons are meant for transportation of big containers

ContainerWagonsGRCWorkshopतिरुचिरापल्ली Tiruchirappalli (TPJ):  The third rake of bogie low container (BLC) wagons manufactured by the Golden Rock Railway Workshop here for the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) was flagged off at the workshop here on Friday.

BLC wagons are meant for transportation of big containers. CONCOR had placed an order with the Golden Rock Workshop in 2011 for manufacture of 1,000 container wagons estimated at Rs.291 crore.

Two rakes of 90 wagons had been despatched from the workshop so far. CONCOR has placed another order valued at Rs.365 crore, for supply of 1,000 more BLC wagons with the workshop.

The third rake, consisting of 45 wagons, was flagged off from the workshop by T. Kuppan, Chief Workshop Engineer, Southern Railway, in the presence of V.Selvam, Chief Workshop Manager, Golden Rock Workshop, and other officials.

The wagons are provided with automatic twist locks to keep the container intact. The wagons are fitted with air brake system with automatic load sensing devices, a release from the workshop said.

The workshop has so far completed orders for 3,820 containers wagons worth Rs. 850 crore, the release added.

Jamalpur Railway Workshop gets Best Workshop Award

जमालपुर Jamalpur (JMP): Jamalpur railway workshop, the largest factory of Bihar, has received the award for the best workshop of Eastern Railway. Eastern Railway GM R K Gupta handed over the shield to Chief Workshop Manager Mr.Animesh Kumar Sinha at a function held in Kolkata on Saturday.

Chief Mechanical Engineer P K Singh was also present on the occasion. Jamalpur also bagged the shields for the best stores depot as well as for the best scrap sales in Indian railways.

Expressing his happiness, Sinha said Jamalpur railway workshop has created history by grabbing three shields. Eastern Railway has five workshops with four located in Kolkata. Jamalpur workshop has risen to an unprecedented height being the first in India to implement e-purchase and e-auction to maintain transparency in its functioning, he said.

On the repair front, the workshop surpassed the magic figure of 5,000 wagons per annum and more than 100 hopper wagons in a month, the highest in Indian railways. Repair of 90 diesel locomotives has been the best ever performance by the workshop. Incidentally, it is the only workshop of the Indian railways which covers Myanmar border to Pakistan border the PoH (periodic overhauling being carried out every eight years) of diesel locomotives by catering to NF Railway and Ludhiana shed under Ferozepur division, Sinha said.

The workshop has, of late, purchased a set of synchronized jacks for its Katra depot near Jamalpur to cater to the needs of Indian Railways. It is also the sole manufacturer in India of 140T relief cranes among the largest rail mounted cranes in the world.

The product profile of Jamalpur is the most varied one in India and has the distinction of being the only workshop in India which deals with all five types of railway rolling stock viz locomotives, wagons, cranes, tower cars and coaching bogies, the CWM said.

Jamalpur has the distinction of being the first railway workshop to have postal stamp and miniature sheet, both released by department of post, recently in its name. Apart from catering to the railways, it also caters to CONCOR (Container Corporation of India). The products and services of Jamalpur workshop have been appreciated at the international level during international railway equipment exhibitions, the CWM said.

The strength of employees of the workshop has increased to 10,000 yielding an impressive revenue to Indian Railways. It is one of the oldest workshops of Indian Railways, he said.

Property worth Rs 2.5 lakh gutted in fire at Ajmer Railway Carriage Workshop

Ajmer (AII): Massive fire broke in a carriage workshop of north-western railways in Ajmer on Monday night. The authorities calculated a loss of about Rs 2.5 lakh. Due to a holiday on account of Holi, no casualty was reported. Workshop administration initiated enquiry in this matter and they have found that the fire broke because of short circuit. The flames were so huge that they could be seen from Nasirabad and Beawer Road.

According to sources the fire started at about 8.20 on Monday night and the authority was informed about 8.35pm. “We controlled the huge fire at about 11.30 in the night,” said an official.

Officials on Tuesday calculated the damage by fire and also found that the fire started near the labor room and a unit of workshop. “We calculated the damage of about 2.5 lakh. We are trying to find out the reason of fire as there was a two-day holiday in the workshop,” added the official.

A team of specialists from Jaipur reached the workshop to investigate the matter on Tuesday. The workshop manufactures parts of train compartments and is the oldest workshop in North India.

Tiruchirapalli STC to train newly recruited ‘Maintenance Supervisors’

The first batch of 68 undergoing one-year training at STC

Tiruchirapalli (TPJ):  Southern Railway has created a Supervisors Training Centre (STC) at Diesel Traction Training cCentre (DTTC) on the Diesel Loco Shed premises here to impart theoretical and hands-on training to directly-recruited railway maintenance supervisors.

The first batch of the 68 supervisors, including 43 directly recruited by the Railway Recruitment Board, is presently undergoing one year-long training at the STC here on a host of aspects, including maintenance of rolling stock. Hitherto, the new recruits were trained at the STCs in Bangalore, Kharagpur, and Hyderabad.

In addition to the four instructors, guest faculty from railway workshops, diesel sheds, and carriage maintenance of Southern Railway have been engaged to impart training on areas like basic functions of rolling stock and maintenance and inspection procedures.

As part of their training, the trainees are being taken to the diesel loco shed, which houses different types of diesel locomotives for practical exposure on functioning of locomotives and aspects connected with them.

Upon completion of training, the supervisors would be posted to different railway divisions, loco sheds, and workshops falling within the Southern Railway zone.

Although a STC is functioning in Bangalore, it came under the South Western Railway zone, which was created by bifurcating the Southern Railway zone.

Consequently, Southern Railway did not have a dedicated STC facility for long and newly-recruited maintenance supervisors were sent to other centres for training.

The newly-created STC in Tiruchi is the first such establishment in Southern Railway zone, a senior railway official told The Hindu.A proposal has now been forwarded to the Railway Board, New Delhi, to make the maintenance supervisors training at the Tiruchi STC a permanent arrangement.

The DTTC conducts refresher courses at periodic intervals for loco pilots and assistant loco pilots besides organising training in diesel loco simulator established on its premises to enhance the driving skills of loco pilots.

The over 40-year-old diesel loco shed houses 55 high horse power EMD type diesel locomotives, over 50 ‘Alco’ diesel locos, and 23 Diesel Electric Multiple Units besides a few metre gauge diesel engines.

The Tiruchi shed is the largest and lone shed in the Southern Railway zone to house the 4,500 horse power EMD locos which are slightly longer than the conventional diesel locos and are capable of running at a maximum speed of 120 to 140 kilometres per hour.

Staff of Mancheswar Workshop caught in Illegal scrap trade

Mancheswar (MCS): The Vigilance department of the Railways which is probing the illegal sale of scraps from the East Coast Railways carriage workshop at Mancheswar here said on Sunday that in the course of inquiry they have found four persons involved in the scam and that action will be taken against them after due process.

Acting on a tip-off, Railways Vigilance sleuths caught four persons red-handed while they were trying to supply GI pipes, ply pieces, 8mm rods, iron angles and other scraps in a truck.

Some persons, who are reportedly Grade-IV railway employees, were trying to help the vehicles loaded with scraps get exit permission through workshop gate during the ’free hours’, in defiance of all rules and regulations, Government Railways Police (GRP) sources said.

How this illegal activity had been happening inspite of the presence of a team of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) led by an inspector is something that the railways authorities need to explain, GRP sources said.

Reliable sources in the Railway Vigilance said they were interrogating a few RPF officials involved in the matter. They have also interrogated the driver of the truck used for the supply of scraps, the sources said.

“We will submit the probe report within a couple of days and then the authorities of the Railways will take action against the culprits,” said an officer of the Railway Vigilance department .

Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop ‘most productive’ among all 45 Workshops over IR

Mancheswar (MCS): Carriage Repair Workshop at Mancheswar has become the most productive among all 45 Workshops over Indian Railways. Among all parameters of efficiency of a workshop, like work output in terms of outturn of coaches and their overhauling, it has beaten all other workshops o­n parameters of productivity and efficiency. November 2013 saw the highest coach outturn of 153 coaches. Efficiency in overall coach outturn has gone up by 38%. Air-conditioned coaches have also seen an increase in outturn by 24%. Its standard capacity per month as per Railway Board norms is outturn of 100 coaches including 10 AC coaches per month. This Workshop has the lowest Staff strength among all Workshops.

This carriage Repair Workshop turned out its first coach in the year 1983. It has completed 30 years of dedicated service to the Nation. For its upgraded Quality Management System, this Workshop has been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Certificate in August 2013. It is shortly going to achieve ISO Certification o­n Environmental Management and also o­n parameters of Health and Safety laid down in ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 Standards. A 2KWP Solar Photo Voltaic Plant has been installed as a part of promoting Green Energy in Workplace.

It is also under further capacity upgradation and machineries and Plant infrastructure is being strengthened. General Manager East Coast Railway Shri Rajiv Vishnoi has congratulated all staff of Mancheswar Workshop for their stellar performance and said that recognition of Railway Board regarding consistently excellent performance of the Workshop has been because of the dedicated work put in by all the staff.

O­n the occasion of completion of 30 years of the Workshop, besides upgradation of facilities for infrastructure, various welfare measures including improvement of Workshop office environment and Roads, Buildings, Colonies, etc. have been undertaken.

Union Cabinet clears Rail Coach Unit at Kolar

Kolar (KQZ): Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Railways to set up a new rail coach manufacturing unit at Kolar, Karnataka.

The rail unit will manufacture 500 coaches per annum at an estimated cost of Rs 1,460.92 crore, excluding the cost of land and Karnataka government is also to actively participate in the project. Land to the extent of about 1118.38 acres shall be provided free of cost by the Government of Karnataka.The proposed plant shall help Indian Railways in ensuring timely availability of passenger coaches to meet the increasing demands of passenger transportation.

According to Union MSME Minister KH Muniyappa, the Ministry of Railways will finance 50 per cent of the cost and Government of Karnataka shall provide required land, free of cost as well as meet balance 50 per cent of the project completion cost, with escalation.

Rail Users’ Association urge setting up of Coach Maintenance Unit at Golden Rock

Ponmalai Golden Rock (GOC):  Rail users’ associations charge that usually the new coaches are first allotted to other zones in the country. After some years, those coaches are transferred here with wear and tear.

P Edward Jeni, secretary of Kanyakumari District Rail Users Associations (KKDRUA), points out the example of the Madurai – Duronto Express train coaches, which are more than 15 years old and were used on the Rajdhani Express earlier.

“Another constraint is the poor maintenance. The coach maintenance unit in Perambur (Chennai) is not able to maintain the coaches as there are no adequate staff,” he said. “This is the right time the railways should establish a coach maintenance unit in Golden Rock, Trichy, to cater the maintenance works of the coaches,” he suggested.

An official at the Golden Rock workshop told that there remained a perennial shortage of coaches in the Indian Railways as new trains were being introduced but there are not enough coach factories to supply them. For instance, 19 trains have been introduced in the new budget, but the availability of coaches would be a huge problem leading to delay in implementation.

However, the good news is that the Rail Coach Factory at Lalganj near Rae Bareli is almost complete while the Palakkad project has been delayed due to some land acquisition problem. “However, once these two factories go on steam, the problem of coach shortage would be surmounted,” the official said. At present, the workshop undertakes repairs of old coaches and at any given time there would be around 80 coaches under repair.

He said that the life of a coach is 25 years and after they are condemned, new coaches must be made available to replace them in equal pace. Moreover, there are no spare coaches available these days because of the huge demand to have new trains, he added.

A senior railway official confided that most of the recent rail accidents in the country occurred because of the rickety, almost-condemnable coaches that lost their wheel alignments with the tracks. These accidents were primarily blamed on the bad condition of coaches that had outlived their utility, but still continued for want of new ones.

Golden Rock Railway Workshop bags order for 1,000 container wagons

First rake of 45 container wagons of 2011 order to be dispatched

Ponmalai Golden Rock (GRC):  The railway workshop at Golden Rock here has bagged a fresh order for manufacture of 1,000 container wagons valued at Rs. 365 crore from the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR).

A letter of intent for the production of bogie low container (BLC) wagons was issued by the CONCOR, a Government of India undertaking, recently.

An agreement would soon be signed by Southern Railway top officials and the CONCOR, workshop authorities here said.

Engaged in a myriad of activities, the workshop is already manufacturing 1,000 BLC wagons, costing Rs. 291 crore, following an order it received from the CONCOR in 2011. The first rake of 45 container wagons of the 2011 order would be dispatched on Tuesday.

The BLC wagons are meant for transportation of ISO containers. The wagons have been provided with automatic twist lock to keep the container intact with wagons. An airbrake system with automatic load sensing device has also been provided.

The workshop, which started producing wagons from 1962, has manufactured more than 35,000 wagons of 53 varieties. Production work for CONCOR started in 2003. The capacity, facility, quality and timely deliver of wagons enabled the workshop in receiving orders from the CONCOR continuously.

The workshop has manufactured 3,820 container wagons worth Rs. 850 crore so far.

In addition to producing container wagons, the workshop, over 80 years old, is also involved in the manufacture of oil-fired steam locomotives for the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and stainless steel wagons besides carrying out periodic overhaul of diesel locomotives and passenger coaches.

MoU signed for Rs.1460 Crore Rail Coach Factory at Kolar

3BMU1330Bangalore: The Ministry of Railways and the State government on Thursday signed a pact to establish a rail coach factory near Kolar at a cost of Rs.1460 crore.

Vandita Sharma, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department, Karnataka, and K. Swaminathan, Advisor Project (Mechanical Engineering), Railway Board, signed the memorandum.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Minister of State for Railways K. Surya Prakash Reddy and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), MSME, K.H. Muniyappa were present.

Speaking after the memorandum was signed, Mr. Muniyappa, during whose tenure as Minister of State for Railways the coach factory was announced in the Railway Budget, said that the factory would provide direct employment to over 5,000 people. It would also provide indirect employment to 10,000 people when fully operational.

Complimenting Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge for his initiative to fast forward the project, Mr. Muniyappa said that 1,100 acres of land, being given free by the State government, is available for the project. Another 500 acres of land are to be acquired.

Initially, the factory would produce 500 state-of-the-art railway coaches and in the second phase, the capacity would be increased to 1,000 coaches a year, he said without mentioning the date of commencement of production.

A release from the South Western Railway said that the project is being executed on cost sharing basis between the Railways and the State government. On completion, the Kolar factory would be the fourth such factory of the Railways in the country.

Railways and Karnataka to sign MoU for Kolar Rail Coach Factory during February

Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has cleared the decks for setting up a coach factory in Kolar, Karnataka.  The proposal had been hanging fire for the past three years.

The factory will be a 50-50 joint venture between the Railways and the State, which will bear half of the Rs.1,400-crore project cost and also provide land for it free of cost in a first-of-its-kind model.

The State government had earlier released Rs 25 crore for acquiring the land.

The project is part of a Rs 23,000-crore bonanza Karnataka received from the Railway ministry.

A MoU will be signed between the Railways and the State by next month.

Another Karnataka Congress leader and former Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa had got this proposal passed in the 2011-12 Rail Budget but it remained in cold storage.

With the Congress coming to power in Karnataka last year and State leader Kharge assuming charge of the Railway ministry around the same time, efforts began to revive it.

Kharge carried out an official inspection of the land in November and Muniyappa, now Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Industries, started following up with the State government for agreement on 1,200 acres of land in Kolar, his constituency which is historically known for its gold fields.

Golden Rock Worshop garners Rs.75 cr as Foreign Exchange

Tiruchirapalli (TPJ):  Railways Central workshop here has garnered Rs 75 cr as foreign exchange by exporting 139 surplus meter gauge diesel locomotives after refurbishment to African and South Asian countries.

Speaking at the Republic Day celebrations, P Mahesh, Chief Workshop Manager, said the 85 year old workshop had been selected by the Railway Board to carry out periodic over hauling to freight wagons capable of hauling 60 ton plus weightage belonging to all the zonal railways in the country. With its legendary acumen of the workforce and rich experience in manufacturing locomotives for mountaineering sections like the Darjeeling Railway System and Niligris mountain railway system, the railway board had accorded sanctions to convert a B Class steam loco into oil fired engine to be operated in Neral-Matheran section.

In recent years the workshop had rolled out over 3800 container wagons to meet the requirement of Container Corporation of India. More orders are in the pipeline and the workshop is geared up for these and to adhere to the delivery schedules.

Cabinet gives nod to Electric Loco Factory at Madhepura & Diesel Loco Factory at Marhowra

New Delhi:  The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for setting up of an Electric Locomotive Factory at Madhepura, Bihar and a Diesel Locomotive Factory at Marhowra, Bihar at an estimated cost of Rs.1293.57 crore and Rs.2052.58 crore respectively, with limited equity contribution by the Ministry of Railways.

Over a ten year period, the factories will provide the Indian Railways with 800 electric locomotives of 12,000 horse power (h.p.) each and a mix of 1,000 diesel locomotives of 4,500 and 6,000 h.p. with high level performance guarantees similar to international practices.

The locomotive factories are likely to attract significant foreign investment with concomitant availability of internally generated resources for other important railway projects. Locomotives manufactured by these factories will be of international class energy/fuel efficiency and will become an important instrument of India’s response to global efforts towards mitigation of adverse impacts on climate due to emission of green-house gases. Successful execution of these projects by the JV route will usher Indian Railways into a new era of reforms.

An informal Group of Ministers, chaired by the Minister of Finance and comprising the Minister of Railways and Dy. Chairman Planning Commission had met in April 2013 and finalized its recommendations, following extensive inter-ministerial deliberations. The two factories will be set up in JV mode with locomotive manufactures to be selected through International Competitive Bidding (ICB). The JV partners will be selected through a two stage ICB process. The bids will be finalized within six months of receipt of the Cabinet’s approval.

Background 

The goal of sustaining economic growth, modernization and augmentation of locomotive manufacturing capacities and infusion of advanced technology is a basic infrastructural necessity.

RPF Inspector on Duty Falls Off EMU, Dies

Avadi (AVD):  An inspector in  the  Railway Protection Force fell off  an Avadi-bound Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) and died. The mishap took place at Korattur Railway Station on Thursday.

Police said the victim George (42), attached to Perambur Loco Works- RPF station, would check on night guards and escorts on local trains  to deter crime. After his beat at Villivakkam Station, George boarded an EMU at  Moore Market Complex  and fell near the Level Crossing gate, 10 metres from the Korattur Station. He was declared dead by the ambulance crew.

Golden Rock Workshop on power-saving mode

19dec_tyramns03_TY_1692250ePonmalai Golden Rock (GOC), Tiruchchirapali Division SR:  Golden Rock Railway Workshop has put in place energy conservation measures to reduce power consumption, Chief Workshop Manager Mr.P.Mahesh said on Thursday.

Mr. Mahesh said energy-saving devices had been procured for welding plants and lightings besides replacing IC lamps with compact fluorescent light bulbs. He was speaking at the valediction of the energy conservation week observed at the workshop. Mr. Mahesh said production had gone up resulting in more power consumption, adding that the consumption had gone up by four lakh units during 2012-13 compared to the previous fiscal. The workshop had paid over Rs. 5 crore as energy charges in 2012-13 fiscal. I. Kamalakannan, additional general manager (maintenance and services), BHEL, Tiruchi, released pamphlets containing energy conservation tips.

रायबरेली रेल कोच फैक्ट्री से यूपीएसआईडीसी जोड़ेगा तार

Rae Bareli (RBE) रायबरेली:  पश्मिांचल, ब्रज, इटावा, औरैया इन्वेस्टमेंट जोन और कानपुर लॉजिस्टिक हब की स्थापना की योजना को पंख लगते ही यूपीएसआईडीसी ने एक और औद्योगिक जोन बसाने की तैयारी कर ली। इस योजना के तहत रायबरेली रेल कोच फैक्ट्री के आसपास एक नया औद्योगिक जोन बसेगा। इस जोन में रेल कोच में प्रयोग होने वाले उपकरणों के साथ ही सीट, सीट कवर आदि का उत्पादन किया जाएगा, ताकि कोच बनाने में लागत कम आये और कम समय में लक्ष्य के अनुरूप कोच भी तैयार हो जाएं। साथ ही लोगों को रोजगार के अवसर भी मिल सके।

विश्व बैंक ने अमृतसर-कोलकाता ईस्टर्न डेडीकेटेड फ्रेट कॉरीडोर और दिल्ली मुंबई डेडीकेटेड फ्रेट कॉरीडोर के किनारे औद्योगिक जोन बनाने की योजना को मंजूरी देकर आर्थिक मदद भी देने को कहा है। यूपीएसआईडीसी और विश्व बैंक के अधिकारी संयुक्त रूप से इस जोन की स्थापना में कार्य कर रहे हैं। इन कॉरीडोर के किनारे औद्योगिक जोन बनने के बाद करीब एक लाख लोगों को रोजगार मिलना है। साथ ही सूबा भी आर्थिक दृष्टि से समृद्ध होगा। ऐसे में प्रदेश सरकार भी इसे लेकर उत्साहित है। सरकार और विश्व बैंक से मिल रहे सहयोग से उत्साहित यूपीएसआईडीसी प्रबंधन ने रायबरेली में स्थापित हो रहे रेल कोच फैक्ट्री के आसपास ही जोन बनाने की योजना तैयार की है। मुख्यमंत्री अखिलेश यादव ने भी इस जोन के प्रस्ताव को मंजूर कर लिया है। जल्द ही विश्व बैंक अधिकारियों से इस मुद्दे पर चर्चा होगी। अगर विश्व बैंक सहयोग करता है तो ठीक, अन्यथा यूपीएसआईडीसी प्रबंधन स्पेशल परपज व्हीकल या फिर प्राइवेट पब्लिक पार्टनरशिप के तहत यह जोन बसाएगा। जोन में 80 फीसद से अधिक उद्योग रेल कोच में प्रयुक्त होने वाले सामानों से जुड़े होंगे। रेलवे बोर्ड ने भी इस तरह के उद्योग स्थापना के लिए यूपीएसआईडीसी प्रबंधन से आगे आने के लिए कहा था। ऐसे में प्रबंधन को उम्मीद है कि उसकी यह योजना आसानी से परवान चढ़ जाएगी।

Golden Rock Workshop to overhaul power packs of EMD-type engines

3kjq2b7tjl5uPonmalai Golden Rock (GOC):  The Golden Rock Railway Workshop at Ponmalai at Tiruchchirapali will shortly venture into overhauling power packs of high horsepower EMD-type diesel locomotives.

The Railway Board has entrusted the workshop with task of carrying out complete overhaul of the power packs of 4,500 horsepower EMD-type locos that are equipped with microprocessors.

Containing 16 cylinders, the power pack is the heart of the diesel locomotive producing traction power by burning fuel. The power pack is 7 metres in length and weighs 18.5 tonnes.

To start with, the workshop will overhaul three power packs that will be dispatched soon from the Sabarmati Diesel Shed in Gujarat. The power packs to be sent for overhaul are seven to eight years old requiring technical attention before they are re-installed in the EMD locos which usually come for a POH once in 18 years.

The workshop carried out repairs of major components of EMD-type locos such as its traction motors and engine block earlier. The workshop has already established necessary infrastructure facilities to accommodate eight EMD locos at a time.