गार्हरा Garhara (GHX): East Central Railway (ECR) General Manager Madhuresh Kumar on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the construction of a high-power diesel locomotive shed at Garhara, Barauni, in Begusarai district. The project is likely to cost about Rs.118.70 crore. Railways has fixed the deadline for its completion in March 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said the shed was the need of the hour for ECR for proper maintenance of locomotives. At present, the ECR is forced to send its diesel locomotives to Siliguri for even routine maintenance. The shed at Garhara would enable the ECR to send its diesel locomotives for their maintenance work in time, he said, adding it would also save railway revenue.
According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, the proposed shed, to be constructed with latest technology, will have the capacity to accommodate about 250 locomotives at a time. But railways would start with a capacity of 125 locomotives for maintenance work in the first stage, he said. The shed will have an administrative block, section rooms, training school, hostel, rest rooms, staff rooms, canteen, store ward and residences for both railway officials and staff of the shed. It will have the capacity for maintenance of high-power diesel locomotives, the CPRO said.
Meanwhile, the ECR GM announced that Samastipur division of ECR had completed gauge conversion work up to 1,250km so far. Railways is carrying out gauge conversion work under the division on a priority basis and it will streamline the running of passenger trains in the division, he said. ECR’s chief mechanical engineer D Kamila, chief engineer Jitendra Kumar, chief mechanical engineer (workshop) A K Chandra and railway officials of Sonepur division were present on the occasion.