Saturday, October 30, 2010


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     In a significant move to meet ever increasing requirement of new wagons of Indian Railways, a state-of-the-art wagon manufacturing factory called ‘Bengal Wagon Industry’, will be set up at the premises of SAIL Growth Works (SWG), Kulti in Bardhaman district, West Bengal. The Union Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee will commence the work for the factory at a special function to be held at Andal, in Bardhaman district, West Bengal, tomorrow i.e. 30th October 2010. Shri Virbhadra Singh, the Minister of Steel, Govt. of India, will be the Chief Guest at the function.

This factory is a follow up to the announcement made by the Railway Minister in her Railway Budget-2010-11 that such wagon factories would be set up in joint ventures/public private partnership (PPP) at select locations. The Railway Ministry’s PSU namely RITES and the Ministry of Steel’s PSU namely, SAIL entered into a joint venture agreement in September 2010 for setting up this factory.

.Shri Mukul Roy, the Minister of State for Shipping, Govt. of India, Shri Sisir Adhikari, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Government of India, will also be present on the occasion. Also present on the occasion among others will be Shri Sudesh Kumar, Member Electrical, Railway Board, Shri Sanjiv Handa, Member Mechanical, Railway Board, Shri Varun Bharthuar, General Manager, Eastern Railway and Shri C.S.Sharma, Chairman, SAIL.

The factory shall manufacture modern stainless steel wagons including specialized wagons and will have a capacity of 1500 wagons per year.

In the same function, the Railway Minister will also undertake commencement of work for augmentation of electric locomotives manufacturing capacity at Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW). With this, the capacity of CLW is proposed to be increased from 150 to 275 electric locomotives per year.

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