Budge Budge (BGB): The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone for AC Container & Bogie Manufacturing Factory at Budge Budge near Kolkata in West Bengal today. This comes in pursuance of announcement made by the Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee, in the Railway Budget 2010-11 regarding setting up of such a factory with a view to mitigate the farmers’ plight and save agricultural produce worth crore of rupees from perishing.
This new AC Container & Bogie Manufacturing Factory will be set up at an estimated investment of Rs. 59.3 crore. This factory will manufacture air conditioned containers on a demand driven basis and 600 FIAT bogie frames per annum on a regular basis. FIAT bogies provide superior riding quality, higher safety and have low maintenance requirements. This will facilitate Indian Railways’ plan of switching over from manufacturing of conventional steel coaches to LHB type stainless steel coaches with FIAT bogies by augmenting such bogie frame manufacturing facility. Setting up of this manufacturing facility will allow Budge Budge unit to serve as a launching pad for AC containers. At the same time, it will improve Indian Railways’ bogie manufacturing capacity and help in bridging the gap between manufacturing capacity and requirements of FIAT bogies.
The work for this factory will be executed on turn-key basis by RITES, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railways. An area of approx. 3.5 acres has been identified at Budge Budge to set up the bogie manufacturing works. RITES has already initiated action to execute the work expeditiously in co-ordination with Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala and Eastern Railway.