Date of post: 12 Jan, 2019
Shri Ramesh Chandra Kaushik, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) marked the commencement of works for construction of the Rail Coach Refurbishment Karkhana, Sonipat at the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony there on 11.01.2019.
Senior Railway executives Shri Arun Arora, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Northern Railway, Shri Navin Kumar Parsuramka Addl. Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Delhi were also present on the occasion.
The Project for development of a Rail Coach Refurbishment Karkhana at Sonipat was sanctioned in the year 2018-19 and is targeted to be commissioned in the year 2020-2021. It is the first of its kind refurbishment workshop with state of the art machinery & plant to be developed at an estimated project cost of Rs.484 crore. It will cater primarily to refurbishment of LHB coaches & train sets.
With a factory area of 161 acres, the factory shall have an initial built-in capacity of catering to POH and refurbishment of 250 coaches per year and scaled up to 1000 per year progressively. The workshop is envisaged to have potential annual turnover of Rs. 250 crore. The other salient features of the Karkhana include Automatic paint booths for superior painting of coaches, Pre-fabricated Sheds with a floor area of 40000 sq m etc.
Besides this, eco-friendly features like 1 MWp Solar Power Plant mounted on the shed floor besides use of waste water treatment & water recycling shall also be provided. The railway also plans to have an in-built design to provide natural day lighting through UV protected poly carbonate sheeting & natural ventilation through side louvers & turbo vents.
LED illumination shall be provided for entire building, sheds & circulating areas and extensive tree plantation would be carried out to complement the Railway’s ecological priorities.
The Rail Coach Refurbishment Karkhana would serve as an industrial hub for promoting regional development. The other priorities like skill development are envisaged through train centre & workshop facilities. Through this endeavor of the Railways’, new opportunities for ancillary industries & vendors would be provided thus creating direct as well as indirect employment.
It may be relevant to point out that Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India laid the foundation stone for Rail Coach Refurbishment Karkhana, Sonipat at a ceremonial function at Garhi Sampla, Rohtak on 09.10.2018.
Source: Northern Railway