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Rae Bareli factory set to roll out first rail coach
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Monday, 04 Apr 2011

The first modern rail coach is set to be rolled out from the Rae Bareli factory in Uttar Pradesh next month. The factory, which will manufacture lightweight stainless steel coaches, is expected to cater to the Railways' increasing demand for coaches by rolling out about 1,000 units yearly.

A senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project said that “Our target is to manufacture 1,000 coaches every year, but we would produce 60 coaches a year for the first two years according to the first phase production target.”

While foundation stone for the INR 1,685 crore Rae Bareli coach factory was laid by the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, on February 13th 2007, the inauguration for construction of the factory was done by her on January 27th 2009.

The official said that “The coach factory spread over 1,500 acres of land is entirely eco-friendly and we have adhered to the highest standard of pollution safety norms adding that the first phase always takes time as it involves acquiring land, procuring machineries and finalising contracts.”

IRCON has been given the responsibility to execute the project where about 100 railway staff have also been deployed.

The official further said that “We have already started the work for the second phase, and we are hopeful to meet the production target.”

According to the Vision 2010, currently, the Railways requires about 4,000 coaches a year with the launch of nearly 100 new trains every year. The annual requirement, however, is likely to go up to 6,000 coaches.

(Sourced from BL)

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