Railway Budget 2018 has sanctioned as much as Rs 150 crore for the much-awaited periodical overhauling workshop of Indian Railways in Vishakhapatnam. The workshop will consist of multiple modern features and will have capacity to cater to all kinds of wagons.
Indian Railways wagon overhauling workshop plans get a boost! Railway Budget 2018 has sanctioned as much as Rs 150 crore for the much-awaited periodical overhauling workshop of Indian Railways in Vishakhapatnam and with this fresh impetus it is likely to be ready by 2019. The project was sanctioned at a cost of Rs 214 crore in the Railway Budget of 2015-2016 and got an initial sanction of Rs 30 crore. In the Budget for the ongoing fiscal year, Rs 80 crore were granted for making this crucial wagon overhauling workshop which will boast of multiple modern features and the capacity to cater to all kinds of wagons.
MS Mathur, divisional railway manager, Waltair railway division of East Coast Railway Zone told Financial Express Digital that that the order has already been given and the construction of the project is on. In addition to that, he also said that the prestigious project of Waltair division is scheduled to be over by December 2019. The State of Andhra Pradesh has only one such workshop in Vijayawada. Asked about the employment potential of the project, Mathur said that approximately 1000 people would be required for the smooth functioning of the workshop. “This workshop is crucial because every zone needs its WPO project. As of now, for the Waltair division of East Coast Railways, the wagons have to go to other workshops. This will reduce the turnaround time of these wagons,” he told FE Online.
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Some Railway sources told TOI that the WPO project was announced in the railway budget 2015-16, the foundation stone was laid in 2017. Because of multiple reasons, the WPO project got delayed, which include some decisions taken by the railway board in the last two years. Under the railway board’s instructions, the authorized ownership of the WPO project was changed to Workshop Project Organisation at Patna from East Coast Railway Zone and again, the ownership of the executing agency was changed to Railway Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), which has already done a detailed assessment. Also, order has been given to a contractor and the work is in progress, the divisional railway manager added.
The first modern workshop of Andhra Pradesh will be set up in Vizag. The Vizag workshop is likely to feature advance facilities if it is completed by December 2019, as per schedule. The WPO (wagon periodic overahaul) project, which is also one of the main projects of Indian Railways can handle nearly 200 wagons at a time in generation, repair and maintenance. The workshop is also capable enough to handle wagons of passenger trains, goods trains and oil tankers. The workshop will comprise of modern facilities and machinery. The WPO workshop will be set up at Vadlapudi, near Duvvada satellite railway station under Waltair division of ECoR. MS Mathur also added that the upcoming WPO project in Vizag will be a boon to the city, which is being developed as a smart city by the government.