Patna (PNBE): East Central Railway which came into existence in October 2002, is all set to become an ancillary zone of Indian Railways following the Centre’s go-ahead for FDI in its two ambitious projects – Electric Locomotive Manufacturing Factory at Madhepura and Diesel Locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura in Saran district.
ECR has become a key player of Indian Railways insofar as revenue generation is concerned due to record loading of coal per day from Dhanbad. It has helped ECR join the club of railway zones earning more than Rs 10,000 crore annually.
ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak said the zone has made much progress in the field of information technology (IT). IT is now being used in security and train monitoring systems. ECR has more than 22 A-class stations which earn Rs 60 to 70 crore annually. These stations include Patna Junction, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Mughalsarai and Dhanbad, he said, adding all the five divisions of the zone have been provided adequate amenities at stations.
The recent decision of railways to expedite completion of the diesel locomotive and electric locomotive factories is likely to give a fillip to railways’ development plans in Bihar. Goods wagons and passenger wagons maintenance workshops in the state have already given an impetus to socio-economic development in the state, said a Railway Board official.
The Bihar government has to take initiative to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with railways to develop Bihar as an ancillary zone on the pattern of Bangalore, Hardwar and Bhopal, the Railway Board official said.
The railways’ ongoing projects in Bihar are wheel factory at Chapra (Rs 1417.23 crore), diesel locomotive manufacturing factory at Marhaura in Sararn district (Rs 2,025 crore), coach maintenance workshop at Harnaut (Rs 225 crore), goods wagon repair workshop at Sonepur (Rs 90 crore), DEMU maintenance depot at Sonepur (Rs 15 crore), wagon repair workshop at Samastipur (Rs 33 crore) and electric locomotive manufacturing factory at Madhepura (Rs 1,400 crore), sources said.