Rs.35 Crore announced for Ashokapura Railway Workshop for Modernisation

The model of a Railway Coach greets you at the entrance of the Railway Workshop in Mysore.

Ashokapura, Mysore: n the Railway Budget-2016 announced on Thursday, Central Railway Workshop (CRW) at Ashokapura here was sanctioned Rs 35 crore for its modernization.

For the past many years, CRW authorities had been sending the proposal for the modernization of workshop. However, there had been no response for over a decade. But on Thursday, railway minister Suresh Prabhu announced the sanctioning of Rs 35 crore for the modernization of the workshop.

Once it is done, the workshop will increase the number of periodic overhauling of broadgauge coaches from 70 to 80 per month. To accommodate 10 more coaches in the workshop, it needs a holding facility to keep equipment like two big cranes, inter-linking track and more manpower.

Subba Rao of CRW said: “For the past three years, we had been sending the proposal. It has become a reality now. In 6-8 months, the tender process will start. In three years’ time, the project will become a reality.”
The workshop was established as a base workshop of Mysuru State Railway in 1924. It was expanded to the present facility in 1938 to maintain the metre gauge rolling stock. With the formation of integrated Southern Railway in 1951, the workshop became a part of Southern Railway. It was converted to broadhgauge coach periodic overhauling workshop in 1993. It also started overhauling broadguage coaches in August 1994. The workshop became a part of South Western Railway on April 1, 2003. Ever since, it’s been mainly dealing with the periodic overhauling of broadgauge coaches. Over 2,200 employees are working in the workshop.

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