Gaya: The Railway Board has sanctioned two major railway projects for East Central Railway (ECR) in 2016-2017. They include construction of a modern MEMU (multiple electric modified unit) car shed at Gaya and facility for POH (periodical overhauling) of goods train wagons at Samastipur.
The Board has directed the ECR to work on these two projects on a priority basis to further streamline smooth running of passenger and goods trains in the zone.
According to a Board official, the railways has allocated Rs 56 crore for the proposed MEMU car shed at Gaya. “Keeping in view the increase in the number of MEMU rakes, the railways has decided to set up a new MEMU car shed at Gaya so that MEMU rakes could be properly maintained from fitness point of view,” he said, adding the first MEMU car shed under the ECR was earlier set up at Jhajha under the Danapur division.
According to sources, the railways is running more MEMU trains on different sections of Danapur, Mughalsarai and Dhanbad divisions, replacing old conventional passenger rakes. A car shed is a must for physical maintenance of MEMU rakes, which are being hauled by electric locomotives. “Thus, the Board has approved the ECR proposal to sanction one more car shed for MEMU rakes in the zone,” a source said.