Rlys plan to make more locomotives to tap global mkt
“We are planning to increase the number of locomotives manufactured using the General Motors (GM) technology. The expansion process for meeting the new output has begun. Additional machineries and other infrastructure will be acquired in the next two to three years,” said diesel locomotive works (DLW) chief mechanical engineer Niraj Kumar.
DLW produced 59 locomotives in 2007-08 using the GM technology, which it got in 1996. It plans to almost double it to 100 this year. The factory logged a record output of 222 locomotives in 2007-08. Speaking on the record output, Kumar said, “We managed to surpass the production capacity in 2007-08, as DLW is an integrated unit and we make considerable amount of ancillaries in the factory itself. Even though we are planning to take up the annual capacity to 200 units, we are likely to see around 300 units coming out of the unit annually.”
During the current year, 2008-09, DLW has targeted to produce 250 locomotives. During the first four months of the year, the unit has produced 87 locomotives against a target of 83 units. Since its inception in 1961, the unit has manufactured around 5,000
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