Railway Minister flags off first ever Dual Cab Freight Diesel Locomotive ‘Vijay’

Varanasi: The Union railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge flagged of the first dual 4500 HP cab freight locomotive manufactured by the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) here on Wednesday. The key features of the locomotive include two-driver air-conditioned cabins, microprocessor controlled break and 105 Kmph maximum operating speed. The design of this locomotive -‘WDG4D-Vijay’ is a completely indigenous effort of DLW and Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).

Addressing the flagging off ceremony, the minister expressed his happiness over DLW’s performance and said that besides production DLW has always also delivered in the area of technology upgradation and designing of new variants of locomotives as per the requirement of railways.

DLW has produced over 6,700 diesel locomotives till now. In 2012-13, the DLW produced 231 high horse power locomotives including a total of 294 locomotives against the target of 280, the minister said and further added that in the current financial year the DLW has already manufactured 175 locomotives (including 158 high horse power locomotives) in just seven months time against the annual target of 300 locomotives. “Be it dual cab passenger locomotive WDP4D or 5,500 HP locomotive WDG5 and now the first ever dual cab diesel freight locomotive, the DLW has always lived up to its promise,” he said. Describing railways as the largest public sector enterprise, the railway minister said that over 14 lakh persons are employed in this sector, and over 2.30 crore passengers travel everyday in trains.

The DLW manufactures diesel locomotives for the Indian railway and also for the non-railway customers and export, he said. The minister announced a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh for the DLW employees for this feat. Besides, responding to demands of various organisations of DLW workers, he announced the stoppage of Swatantrata Senani Express at Bhulanpur railway station, and creation of a reservation counter in DLW premises and a subway. Speaking on the occasion, the chairman of railway board Arunendra Kumar said DLW has not only increased its production in large but has also developed the latest state-of-the-art technologies.

Building of this high horse power freight locomotive was a wonderful breakthrough not only for DLW but also for the Indian Railways and the country , he added. The DLW general manager BP Khare, while welcoming the guests, highlighted the achievements of DLW in locomotive production and future prospects. Earlier, the minister also visited the workshop to see the manufacturing activities. He also met the office bearers of DLW Staff Council and members of other employees associations.

The representatives of DLW Staff Council, DLW Mazdoor Sangh, DLW Men’s Union, DLW Other Backward Caste Railway Employees Welfare Association, and All India SC/ST Railway Employees Association submitted their memorandum to the railway minister.

Addressing the flagging off ceremony, the minister expressed his happiness over DLW’s performance and said that besides production DLW has always also delivered in the area of technology upgradation and designing of new variants of locomotives as per the requirement of railways.

DLW has produced over 6,700 diesel locomotives till now. In 2012-13, the DLW produced 231 high horse power locomotives including a total of 294 locomotives against the target of 280, the minister said and further added that in the current financial year the DLW has already manufactured 175 locomotives (including 158 high horse power locomotives) in just seven months time against the annual target of 300 locomotives. “Be it dual cab passenger locomotive WDP4D or 5,500 HP locomotive WDG5 and now the first ever dual cab diesel freight locomotive, the DLW has always lived up to its promise,” he said. Describing railways as the largest public sector enterprise, the railway minister said that over 14 lakh persons are employed in this sector, and over 2.30 crore passengers travel everyday in trains.

The DLW manufactures diesel locomotives for the Indian railway and also for the non-railway customers and export, he said. The minister announced a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh for the DLW employees for this feat. Besides, responding to demands of various organisations of DLW workers, he announced the stoppage of Swatantrata Senani Express at Bhulanpur railway station, and creation of a reservation counter in DLW premises and a subway. Speaking on the occasion, the chairman of railway board Arunendra Kumar said DLW has not only increased its production in large but has also developed the latest state-of-the-art technologies.

Building of this high horse power freight locomotive was a wonderful breakthrough not only for DLW but also for the Indian Railways and the country , he added. The DLW general manager BP Khare, while welcoming the guests, highlighted the achievements of DLW in locomotive production and future prospects. Earlier, the minister also visited the workshop to see the manufacturing activities. He also met the office bearers of DLW Staff Council and members of other employees associations.

The representatives of DLW Staff Council, DLW Mazdoor Sangh, DLW Men’s Union, DLW Other Backward Caste Railway Employees Welfare Association, and All India SC/ST Railway Employees Association submitted their memorandum to the railway minister.

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