The order for machineries has been placed with the Central Organisation for Modernization of Workshop (COFMW), an Indian Railway organization which centrally procures equipments and machineries for factories and workshops," said the chief workshop manager of Mancheswar unit, SK Pankaj. He said the tendering process for the civil construction has also been started.
Pointing out that the expansion programme would be completed by 2013-14, Pankaj said the work would then be able to overhaul coaches of South East Central and East Central Railway zones besides East Coast Railway.
Mancheswar Workshop, which is spread over 314 acres in the heart of Bhubaneswar city, completed its first expansion programme in 2009 enhancing the capacity from 720 coaches per annum to 1200 coaches with an investment of Rs 7 crore.
Along with the capacity expansion, the productivity of the workshop has increased in recent years," said the chief workshop manager. With only 1,365 workforce engaged in the productive activities, Mancheswar now repairs 100 to 110 coaches per month against 40 earlier. Not only that the turnover time has scaled down to the defined 19 days from 38 days, he said.
Mancheswar Workshop requires working capital of about Rs 100 crore per annum to carry out coach repairs.