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Proposals for expansion of Rail based Industries: Railway Budget 2011-12 Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011
New Delhi: In the Railway budget speech for 2011-12, Minister for Railways, Mamata Banerjee, has proposed some new initiatives to further expand rail-based industries.

A Bridge Factory will be set up in Jammu & Kashmir, as the J&K rail link project involves a large number of bridges. This industry will help in developing ancillary industries in the area. The Ministry proposes to set up a diesel locomotive centre in Manipur.

The Minister also proposed to set up two more wagon units under Joint Venture/Public Private Partnership mode, one each Kolar and Alappuzha, Kerala and one more at Buniadpur. Mamata Banerjee also proposed to pursue a joint venture between Railways and a partner to set up a manufacturing industry for the indigenous production of large on-track machines at Uluberia. She also proposed to set up a new track machine POH facility at the same place.

The Minister also announced setting up of a 'Rail Industrial Park' at Jellingham. She said the proposed Park will be a cluster of diverse industrial units whose output will be consumed by the Railways. The Park will initially focus on high volume safety and vital components. The Minister said with this, the country shall make a beginning towards creating a global hub in India for the Railway industry. She said a unit to manufacture car steel bogies and couplers through a joint venture between Burn Standard Co. Ltd and SAIL has already been initiated in this Park. She also proposes to set up a Rail Industrial Park at New Bongaigaon.

She said that work on the new coach factory at Rae Bareli is progressing rapidly now. The Minister said the first coach is expected to be turned out from the new plant within the next three months.

Mamata Banerjee said work of setting up of a large number of rail-based factories/manufacturing projects are at different stages of progress and implementation. The works at New Jalpaiguri, Adra, Jellingham and Kulti have been taken up in collaboration with different PSUs.

She said that as per her announcement to set up a Coach Factory at Singur, land has not been made available by the State Government. However, the Minister said several landowners have volunteered to sell their land directly to the Railways. In order to fulfill the commitment, the Minister said she proposes to set up a metro coach factory on the land purchased from willing sellers at Singur/adjacent Polba.

Wagon Procurement

The Railways are set to procure a record number of 16,500 wagons during the current financial year. Announcing this while presenting the Railway Budget for 2011-12 here today the Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee said that for 2011-12 a higher target of 18,000 wagons has been set. She said that all the Production Units of the Railways have performed well during 2009-10. She announced that CLV has turned out the first locomotive with ‘hotel load converter’ to meet power requirement of coaches and pantry car. The capacity of Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) is being augmented to 300 locos, she said.

The Minister of Railways also informed the House that all the 11 Railway PSUs have performed well in 2009-10 with a turnover of more than Rs. 15,000 crore, earning a net profit of Rs. 1,782 crore.

Measures to usher in latest technology in the Railways.

- Collaboration with Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur for using jute geo-textiles in embankment design.
- A project with IIT, Chennai on prototype manufacture of ultrasonic systems.
- Partnership with Jadavpur University for development of new designs for rail steel bridges.
- A collaborative study with IIT, Mumbai on the problem of corrosion of rails.
- The Centre for Railway Research (CRR), collaboration between IIT, Kharagpur and RDSO, has been sanctioned and is under implementation.
- Centres of Excellence for development and prototyping various types of Mechatronics Systems at RCF/Kapurthala and DMW/Patiala.

Skill Development

Banerjee also proposed to set up a state-of-the-art Institute for Tunnel and Bridge Engineering at Jammu. She also announced proposal to open a Centre of Excellence in software at Darjeeling under the aegis of Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS). She announced that five polytechnics will be set up at Varanasi, Machlandpur, Vadodara, Bhilai and Hubli-Dharwad under Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Power Plants

To meet the electrical energy requirement of Railways which is growing rapidly with the expansion of the rail infrastructure and traffic, the Minister proposed to set up a 700 MW gas-based power plant at Thakurli in Maharashtra, depending upon the fuel being made available at economic cost. She said a captive thermal power plant of 1000 MW at Nabinagar is at an advance stage of construction. A second thermal power plant of 1,320 MW capacity at Adra is in process of being set up.

PPP & Response of industry associations

85 PPP proposals to allow partnership of the private sector in setting up of railway projects have been received and the Government is setting up single-window system to take these forward.

The industry associations welcomed the budget as a very pro-people and development oriented budget.

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