The Indian Railways have sanctioned modernisation works in 29 rolling stock workshops in 14 zones across the country, Lok Sabha was informed.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said during Question Hour that the railways are modernising rolling stock workshops and inducting new technologies, including use of robotic welding, laser cutting and welding.
Some other new technological induction were — CNC machine centre to equip workshops for repair and production of modern stainless steel wagons and augmentation of capacities of existing workshops to meet the requirements of increasing population of such wagons.
“The Indian Railways are regularly upgrading and modernising their workshops to enable them to cater to maintenance and manufacture of modern design coaches, wagons, locomotives and equipments being inducted from time to time as well as to augment facilities for increased workloads,” he said.
Prabhu said special committees have been formed to provide focused attention in the areas of upgradation and induction of technology and leveraging ‘Make in India’ for the railways, upgradation of technical capabilities of workshops and streamlining of business processes for induction of new technology and innovation council for incubation of innovative ideas, among others.