Date of Post: 22 Feb, 2019
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has decided to install automatic coach washing plants at Puri and Visakhapatnam Coach Maintenance Depots, it said on Thursday. It is expected that less fresh water would be consumed to clean exterior part of the coaches after installation of these plants, compared to what is being used now, an ECoR statement said.
- Rakes would be cleaned in about 20 minutes while they would pass through along a specified track in the coach maintenance depot.
- Currently, cleaning is done when they are in stationary position.
- A detergent compatible with the body and paint of the coach will be used for washing in the automatic plants.
- The statement said, orders have been placed with the Central Organisation for Modernisation of Workshops (COFMOW), an autonomous body under Ministry of Railways, for installation of the plants.
- The estimated cost of each automatic coach washing plant is approx. Rs 2 crore.
- The two plants could start functioning by December 2019.
- There will be an effluent treatment plant to treat water for repeated use, thereby conserving precious water.
- It said, ultrasonic devices, photoelectric cells and a number of sensors would be provided in the set up.
- Similar plants are being processed at Bhubaneswar and MEMU Shed at Khurda Road in Odisha.
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