Date of Post: 27 Oct, 2018
A senior railway official said, on Friday, Western Railway plans to upgrade its Lower Parel Workshop at a cost of Rs 176 crore. This workshop is established by the erstwhile BBCI (Bombay Baroda and Central India) Railway in the year 1870, overhauls 140 long-distance train coaches every month.
- The workshop is spread over an area of 14 hectares and the workshop employs 3,400 people includes 280 women, and has been the finder of various industrial and technical certifications.
- Mr Akhilesh Kumar, Chief Workshop Manager said, “A detailed makeover plan of the workshop has been sent to WR headquarters which will forward it to the Railway Board for approval. The entire project will involve a cost of Rs 176 crore.”
- The workshop will be equipped with automated paint booth, plasma cutting machines, grit blasting machines, lathe machines etc to increase its output as a part of the makeover, Kumar informed.
- Mr Ravinder Bhakar, WR chief spokesperson said that the workshop was engaged in installing 4-step ladders in first class AC coaches to make the upper berths accessible, putting up Braille signages and improving train lavatory fitments.
- He said, “This is one of the oldest workshops and has always been a centre of excellence right from its inception. Currently, it is also fitting fire extinguishers with anti-theft mechanism, as well as bio-toilets in trains.”
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