Kurnool: 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.
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.