Perambur (PER): After achieving their highest ever production output of 1,704 coaches in 2014-15, the Integral Coach Factory in Perambur has planned to manufacture 1,800 coaches in the coming financial year including 300 stainless steel Link Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches.
ICF will also be manufacturing one rake of fully air-conditioned EMU coaches as well as two partially air-conditioned Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) in 2015-16. DEMUs are currently operational across the country in various railway zones.
Under the directions of Railway Ministry, the production unit will also manufacture 360 stainless steel EMU coaches for the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) in this financial year. Two prototype rakes have already been supplied to MRVC which is being tested on the Mumbai suburban corridor.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has placed an order with the ICF of two special coaches with glass roofs meant for tourism purposes, the design for which is now under way.
These will cost approximately `2 crore a coach and will likely be rolled out this financial year, an ICF official said.
There are plans to manufacture special Braille indented coaches from this financial year by ICF as per Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s Budget announcement, the official added.
In 2014-15, ICF had manufactured 239 Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs), 283 Air-conditioned Coaches, 65 LHB coaches, 693 SCN (Sleeper Coaches) and 170 SLRD (Disabled) Coaches.
ICF has been selected as the Best Production Unit in Indian Railways for best overall performance in the year 2014-15 for the second consecutive year. The award will be given by the Railway Minister at Central Railway Week Function at Guwahati which will be held on April 13.
2015-16: 1800 (target)
Plans for 2015-16
One fully a/c EMU rake
Two partially a/c DEMU rake
Two coaches with glass ceiling for IRCTC
360 SS EMU coaches for Mumbai suburban network