झांसी Jhansi (JHS): The much awaited rail coach refurbishing factory known as ‘mid-life rehabilitation coach factory’ was on Friday inaugurated by Railway Board Chairman Arunandra Kumar amidst traditional rituals. The Rs.110 crore project would provide employment to over 900 people and open up new avenues of indirect employment generation.
It would be the second largest coach factory after Bhopal in its category that would convert 250 old coaches into new per year. The work for the factory equipped with state-of-the-art technology started in 2012 and was completed in record time. It is spread across 32 acres.
Talking to reporters, Arunendra Kumar said, “India Railways is committed to providing better services and safe journey to passengers. Every possible thing is being done to achieve the goal.” Talking about the proposed wi-fi connection in trains, he said that the project was being implemented through public-private partnership (PPP) model since the overhead expenses were far beyond the limits. He said that installation of wi-fi would cost Rs 2 crore per train, while another Rs 20 crore would be required for annual maintenance. As of now some of the trains running on Mysore, Bangalore and Delhi lines were being provided with this facility, he added.
“Owing to high expenses, we decided to redesign the project on PPP model,” he said. He also announced that the much awaited Jhansi- Indore Intercity Express would start by March 31, 2015.