New Delhi: Notwithstanding the Covid-19 related lockdowns and challenges, Indian Railways’ PSU, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) commissioned Marathwada Rail Coach Factory in Latur, Maharashtra on Good Governance Day, falling on 25th December, with the production of the first coach shell. The factory has been commissioned only about two years ago, according to a press communication from the Ministry of Railways issued on Saturday, 26th December, which added that the Marathwada Rail Coach Factory is expected to contribute significantly to the overall development of this aspirational region of Maharashtra by heralding a modern industrial ecosystem.
The Ministry stated that this factory has been designed with an initial capacity of manufacturing 250 MEMU/EMU/LHB/trainset type advanced coaches per annum. However, its capacity can be enhanced significantly as sufficient vacant space has been marked in the layout plan. The cost of this project amounts to Rs. 500 crore plus the land cost of Rs. 120 crore.
The factory has been set up on 350 acres of land comprising 52,000 square metres of pre-engineered building sheds, three lines yard, electric substation with 33 kV supply, canteen, security and administrative blocks, and a residential colony in 24 acres. A 5 km long rail connectivity has been provided for movement of coaches from the factory to a new electronically interlocked Harangul railway station, which earlier used to be only a halt station. The factory has been equipped with the latest state-of-the-art machinery and plant, material handling systems, and various utilities, stated the Rail Ministry.
Various green initiatives have been adopted in the project for sustainable development which includes an 800 kiloWatt shed roof-mounted solar power plant, sewage and wastewater treatment and recycling plant, rainwater harvesting, plantation of 10,000 trees, LED lighting, natural daylighting and ventilation in sheds. The Railway Ministry’s press communication explained that the administrative block has also been built with green building concepts.
As soon as the project was sanctioned on 28th August 2018, the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, a Mini-Ratna PSU of the Ministry of Railways, awarded a composite contract on 30th August for its fast track turnkey execution and physical work commenced at the site on 12th October 2018.
It is expected that the factory will manufacture more coach shells and eventually fully furnished train units in the near future.
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