The workshop’s present set up is for conventional coaches.
Mumbai: The Lower Parel workshop will be modernised, what with the Western Railway (WR) sending a proposal of Rs 176 crore in this connection to the Railway Board soon.
A periodic overhauling (POH) of 150 coaches is done each month in the workshop. Of these, 40 coaches belong to the Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) category while the remaining are conventional Integral Coach Fac-tory (ICF) coaches. The LHB coaches, which are two metre longer than the conventional coaches, are being used in the Rajd-hani Express. The workshop’s present set up is for conventional coaches.
Akhilesh Kumar, chief workshop manager of WR, said that a proposal had been sent to WR headquarters last July. A WR official said, “The civil structures will be changed. New shed will be constructed. The crane will be deployed to shunt the coach. An automated painting will be used to paint the coach. At present, it is being done manually.”
The proposal had been approved by the WR headquarters and would now be sent to the Railway Board. WR official said that the work of modernisation of the workshop would be done in the next three to four years, once the Railway Board approved the proposal.
WR chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said, “The workshop carries out POH of LHB coaches. There is a plan to expand the workshop, too. The proposal of its expansion will soon be sent to the Railway Board.”