Dimapur, Sep. 11 (EMN): With the aim to improve passenger safety and comfort, NF Railway has taken major steps by replacing the existing conventional rakes with the Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) design rakes.
NF in an update stated that the proliferation of DEMU has also been done to ensure better passenger services. Higher number of wagons has also been introduced in the system to cater to the ever increasing freight demands in the Northeastern region.
With the introduction of these modern coaches and wagons, maintenance methodology and capacity also need to be increased. Various infrastructural developmental works are being undertaken at the rolling stock workshops under NFR for advanced maintenance and overhauling of rolling stocks, it stated.
The two vital workshops at New Bongaigaon and Dibrugarh under the territory of NF Railway are delivering higher quantity and quality turnouts month after month. For further enhancing the turnout quantity with superior amenities and safety measures of rolling stocks both the workshops have undertaken several infrastructure augmentation works, it stated.
Investments to the tune of INR 70 crore have been made at the largest rolling stock workshop of NFR, at New Bongaigaon, to cope with the ever increasing demand of rolling stock maintenance. Work for a new shed for refurbishing LHB coaches has been started at New Bongaigaon.
“Another new shed with requisite facilities for Periodical Overhauling (POH) of DEMU/MEMU has also been approved for New Bongaigaon workshop. To increase the goods wagon maintenance capacity, work for the extension of the wagon support shop has also been sanctioned. State of the art disassembly and assembly system for LHB trolleys will also be implemented here,” the update informed.
Similarly, investments of INR 55 crore are being made for Dibrugarh workshop also. To develop the facilities for POH of LHB coaches and increase turnout capacity, work of a new shed has been completed here. Another work for enhancement of infrastructure for increasing POH capacity of LHB coaches is under execution, it stated.
The narrow gauge heritage workshop at Tindharia has also been targeted for uplifting and new machines and restoration of heritage value will be the main focus, it stated.
“The various developmental works at the mechanical workshop will not only improve the safety of railway operations but will also benefit the passengers traveling by trains. Passengers will be provided with quality amenities and a safer travel experience with the introduction of upgraded infrastructure at workshops,” NFR added.