Wagon Periodical Overhaul Workshop at Vadlapudi near Visakhapatnam to improve Operational Efficiency, ease and availability of railway land, water and cost benefits”.
New Delhi: Railways decided to shift the proposed wagon POH (periodic overhauling) workshop from Kalahandi in Odisha to Vadlapudi near Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, following a feasibility study, a Railway Ministry official has clarified.
The railway budget for the year 2013-14 had proposed the setting up of a wagon POH workshop in Kalahandi, Odisha. The East Coast Railway (ECoR) sent the proposal to the Railway Board in June 2013. However, during a scrutiny of the proposal certain problems were observed, the ministry said.
It was observed that the location was on the busy Vizianagaram-Titlagarh section, a very important line for freight movement. It is not a natural point for empty wagon arising and would lead to avoidable empty movement of wagons.
Water availability at the proposed location at Kalahandi was another factor that weighed in favour of moving to a new site. Besides, land would have to be acquired from the state government for setting up the workshop. The project envisages construction of wagon periodic overhauling (WPOH) workshop at Vadlapudi.
Accordingly, ECoR was advised to submit a detailed feasibility report in this regard. In the feasibility report it was concluded that due to operational ease, availability of Railway land, availability of water and cost benefits, Vishakhapatnam area was better suited for setting up of wagon POH workshop.
Setting up of the workshop in Vishakapatnam (Vadlapudi) has been sanctioned in the last years’ Railway Budget, ie, 2015-16.
The Wagon POH (Periodic Over Haul) workshop announced for Visakhapatnam, by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will ensure availability of wagons for the Visakhapatnam Port, Gangavaram Port and other industries in the city besides generating employment.
The Wagon POH and nine other major developmental works to be taken up at a total cost of Rs.695 crore have been announced for Waltair Division by the Railway Minister. This is the first time in the last several years that such a huge amount was announced in the budget for Waltair Division of East Coast Railway (ECoR). Rs.5 crore sanctioned for the Wagon POH in the first phase last year. Vizag Division will place indents with the Central Organisation for Modernisation of Workshops, New Delhi, for procurement of machinery, which are expected to be received by next year. Over 100 acres of Railway land, available at Vadlapudi, has already been identified for the POH workshop. The main advantage of having the wagon workshop in Visakhapatnam is that it is the generation point for wagons. This will result in proper utilisation of assets and also prevent empty running of wagons.
The present allocation for Visakhapatnam Port is 21 wagons and for Gangavaram Port is 11 wagons and the demand for wagons is expected to grow steeply with many of the industries in the city being in expansion mode.
The city-based Diesel Loco Shed, largest in India, with a holding capacity of 231 locomotives is being augmented with Rs.53.13 crore to handle an additional 100 High Horse Power (HHP) locomotives. Once completed the DLS capacity would increase to 331. The Electric Loco Shed (ELS) will also be augmented at a cost of Rs.19.56 crore. All these would help improve the freight handling capacity of ECoR.