Mancheswar Railway Workshop to install Solar Power Plant

Mancheswar Railway Workshop emerges Most Productive on Indian Railways by achieving the lowest manpower productivity ratio of 1.75 in 2015-16

A coach being repaired at Mancheswar workshop in Bhubaneswar on Saturday
A coach being repaired at Mancheswar workshop in Bhubaneswar on Saturday

Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway’s (ECoR) Carriage Repair Workshop at Mancheswar here would have a solar power plant by the end of this financial year to produce green energy in order to meet its power demand.

Chief workshop manager (CWM) SK Pankaj said they will install a 0.6 megawatt solar plant over 6500 square metre area inside the workshop in public private partnership (PPP) mode at the cost of Rs 5.25 crore. “The project will be executed through PPP mode on open bidding system. We will float the tender on April 7,” he added.

The Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop (CRW) has also emerged as the most productive among all 45 workshops of the Indian Railways by achieving the lowest manpower productivity ratio of 1.75 in 2015-16. By utilising a workforce of 1922 personnel, the CRW here has managed to produce an outturn of 1097 coaches. The workshop has recorded highest ever periodic overhaul (POH) and intermediate overhaul (IOH) outturn of 1460 and 1361 coaches respectively. Over a period of three years, the POH outturn has improved by 53.5 per cent while IOH outturn witnessed 37.5 per cent surge, Chief Workshop Manager, CRW Mancheswar, SK Pankaj said.

Pankaj said the plant will be set up at the rooftops of the workshop buildings. The lowest bidder will supply, install, commission and maintain the plant for 25 years. It will also bear all the expenditures of the project. After 25 years, he said, the railways will own the plant.

“But railways will pay electricity cost per unit to the lowest bidder,” said the CWM and added that the workshop has already installed a 2 KWp solar photo voltaic cell on rooftop of its administrative building.

Pankaj said the workshop has also decided to set up a bacteria generation plant to supply bacteria to be used as ingredient in bio-toilets fitted in green trains. He said bacteria degrade the human feces in the bio-toilets. Later, it turns into water and gas with chlorination and protects the track from direct discharge of shits.

“Now the workshop is importing the bacteria from Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, to use it in bio-toilets, but now we will produce it in our workshop by installing a unit,” he said.

The CRW is developing a bacteria generation plant with a capacity of 27 kilolitres per month. Anerobic bacteria is used in bio-toilets for bio-degradation of faecal matter. Mancheswar workshop will be the second in the country after Motibagh workshop in Nagpur to have a bacteria generation plant. The workshop has so far fitted 1,712 bio-toilets in 569 coaches. Currently, the bio-toilets are manufactured by private firms while the bacteria is sourced from Motibagh workshop and DRDO.

The Central Government has set a target of fitting bio-toilets in all 52,000 coaches of Indian Railways. As part of the exercise, each zone has been given a target of fitting at least 2000 bio-toilets every year.

“A bio-toilet’s manufacturing and fitting cost around ` one lakh. We plan to fit 10,000 bio-toilets in coaches in next three years,” Pankaj added.

Among other achievements of Mancheswar CRW, 23 AC Coach POH outturn, 15 Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches of POH/IOH in a month and 240 Bogie POH outturn in a month were significant, Pankaj added.

Besides, the scrap generated and sold by the workshop in 2015-16 was 7500 tonnes which has doubled in the past three years. While the Mancheswar CRW has achieved its target of overhauling 1500 coaches in 2015-16, the workshop expects an outturn of 1700 this year, sources said.

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