NASHIK: Member of Parliament, from Nashik Mr.Hemant Godse has said that the Railways was considering of expanding its Rail Wheel plant Traction Machine Workshop area on Eklahara Road, Nashik city.
According to the member of parliament, Godse, who has been raising the issues with the Railways for expanding of their projects in the nearly 200 acres of vacant land, just about six km away from Nashik Road Railway Station, he met Railway Board Member Vinit Tandon recently where he was assured of the new steps being considered by the Railways.
“I met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and have drawn his attention to over 200 acres of land available with Railways and Nashik industry having the potential to meet Railways technical requirement – especially in electricity. I also recently met Tandon on the availability of space and with a request to consider Nashik as destination for expansion of Railway Works,” Godse said.
The Railway Board member is said to have assured him about considering the space for expansion of Rail Wheel plant. “The Board member got the clear idea of how much space was available with the Railways and how it could be put to best use. He as assured to look into the matter,” Godse said.
The Railways has acquired 250 acres of land in the year 1983. It raised the Traction Machine Workshop that primarily looks into the ‘traction’ aspect of the Railway engines. The campus also hosts Indian Railway Institute of Electrical Engineering (IREEN) and Railway Protection Force (RPF)’s zonal training centres in the far corner.
Despite all these facilities in place, the Railways still has over 200 acres of plot lying vacant and the same can be used for the development of the Railways as well as the area, which will be a win-win situation for the both. “Railways will have a good plant at very short distance from Mumbai and at the same the locals will get jobs and the industry at Nashik will flourish,” Godse added.