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Bengal Wagon Industry being set up at SAIL Growth Works in Kulti, W.Bengal Print E-mail
Written by Shankar   
Monday, 01 November 2010
Kolkata: In order to meet the increasing demand of new wagons by the Indian Railways, a 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 factory will manufacture modern stainless steel wagons including specialized wagons and will have a capacity of 1500 wagons per year.

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.

With the project cost estimated at Rs. 85 crores, the unit will be erected in the premises of SAIL Growth Works Division at Kulti. The state-of-the-art Plant will be equipped for manufacture of 1200 wagons and rehabilitation of 300 wagons per year in the initial stage. Besides manufacture of BOXN type wagons, the Plant will also be able to produce specialized high-end wagons and modern stainless steel wagons with marginal investment in Plant and Machinery.

The Plant will be professionally run by a Joint Venture Company (JVC) which will look after its regular functioning and operations. While steel from SAIL will be supplied to the JVC at prevalent market rates, the JVC will procure other items at market determined prices through tenders. It is envisaged that the Plant will be erected and commissioned within 14 months from the date of formation of the JVC.

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 Union Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee commenced work for the factory at a special function held at Andal, in Bardhaman district, West Bengal. Shri Virbhadra Singh, the Minister of Steel, Govt. of India, was the Chief Guest at the function. 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, were present on the occasion. Also present on the occasion among others were 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.

Work has also commenced 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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