Perambur: The unprecedented rains in Chennai have hit production at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF), a premier manufacturing unit of the Indian Railways.
However, ICF expects to make up for the production loss in the next three months. The factory produced 135 coaches in November against a planned 160-170. It will end December with a shortfall of 25-30 coaches, said General Manager Ashok K Agarwal.
There was no major damage to equipment but there was a minor impact on sensors and materials. It is too early to give an assessment of the full extent of the damage, he said.
The rains first affected production on November 13, flooding commissioning and furnishing bays and the shop floor. Employees could not reach the factory.
As a result, production was affected badly for three days, said Agarwal.
The downpour on December 2 and the flooding that followed meant employees again could not reach the factory, and there was no power supply. Power was restored to the workshop only on Tuesday morning, he said.
“As of today, things are under control. We are now running the factory at full capacity. We will catch up for the loss in the remaining three months,” he said. The loss of three days will be compensated by working for three days during the month-end, he said.
The Railway Board has set ICF a production target of about 1,800 coaches for the current financial year, but “we are planning to make 2,000 coaches”, he said. On an average, ICF produces six-seven coaches a day.
Agarwal apprehends that some of the PSU’s vendors in Chennai may have been badly affected by the rain.
“We are yet to get the full picture about our vendors,” he said. “The condition of vendors is worse than ours as their factories are located in places like Ambattur, which was flooded more. This will also affect ICF,” he said.