Indian factory coaches for Lankan Railways
12 Apr 2009 CHENNAI: Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will manufacture coaches for Sri Lanka. The railway’s coach factory has received orders to manufacture 15
rakes of Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) having 90 coaches for Sri Lankan Railways this year, ICF general manager M S Jayanth said.
Speaking at the 54th Railway Week celebrations of the factory on Saturday, Jayanth said that the order had come through RITES and the total cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 102 crores.
ICF had been making coaches for other countries. Last year, the factory exported coaches to Angola.
The factory is also manufacturing suburban coaches for Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, luxury coaches for Royal Rajasthan on Wheels and coaches for Lifeline Express among other projects.
"The factory has exceeded its target for manufacturing railway coaches this year. The factory manufactured 1,337 coaches as against the target of 1,335. Keeping in mind the increase in the number of second-class passengers, the factory is giving preference to producing more second-class coaches. Last year, we produced 701 second-class coaches as against the target of 604 coaches," he added.
"We have taken up a project to supply piped water to ICF colonies in collaboration with Metrowater and another project to streamline drainage outlet from the factory’s colonies," he said.
He later presented awards to employees to mark railway week celebrations. ICF chief electrical engineer L M Sahore, ICF staff council general secretary S Anandraj were also present.
(Times of India)