BHUBANESWAR: The Mancheswar Carriage Repair Workshop (CRW) has emerged as the most productive among all 45 workshops of the Indian Railways by achieving the lowest manpower productivity ratio of 1.75 in 2015-16.
By utilising a workforce of 1922 personnel, the CRW here has managed to produce an outturn of 1097 coaches. The workshop has recorded highest ever periodic overhaul (POH) and intermediate overhaul (IOH) outturn of 1460 and 1361 coaches respectively. Over a period of three years, the POH outturn has improved by 53.5 per cent while IOH outturn witnessed 37.5 per cent surge, Chief Workshop Manager, CRW Mancheswar, SK Pankaj said.
The CRW is developing a bacteria generation plant with a capacity of 27 kilolitres per month. Anerobic bacteria is used in bio-toilets for bio-degradation of faecal matter. Mancheswar workshop will be the second in the country after Motibagh workshop in Nagpur to have a bacteria generation plant. The workshop has so far fitted 1,712 bio-toilets in 569 coaches. Currently, the bio-toilets are manufactured by private firms while the bacteria is sourced from Motibagh workshop and DRDO.
The Central Government has set a target of fitting bio-toilets in all 52,000 coaches of Indian Railways. As part of the exercise, each zone has been given a target of fitting at least 2000 bio-toilets every year.
“A bio-toilet’s manufacturing and fitting cost around ` one lakh. We plan to fit 10,000 bio-toilets in coaches in next three years,” Pankaj added.
The workshop has already floated tenders for installation of 650 KW solar power generation plant at an approximate cost of `5.25 crore. The plant to be built in a PPP-mode will cater to more than half of the power consumption of the workshop which stands at 1200 KW a day.
Among other achievements of Mancheswar CRW, 23 AC Coach POH outturn, 15 Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches of POH/IOH in a month and 240 Bogie POH outturn in a month were significant, Pankaj added.
Besides, the scrap generated and sold by the workshop in 2015-16 was 7500 tonnes which has doubled in the past three years. While the Mancheswar CRW has achieved its target of overhauling 1500 coaches in 2015-16, the workshop expects an outturn of 1700 this year, sources said.