Staff Reporter

Breaks all past records, registers 16.5 per cent growth

It produced 688 wheels a day in March

Turnover jumped to nearly Rs. 541 crore

BANGALORE: For Rail Wheel Factory, Yelahanka, the year 2007-08 has been the best in its history as the factory has broken all past records in production, registering 16.5 per cent growth and producing 1.47 lakh wheels.

Congratulating the workforce of the factory on the occasion of Railway Week celebrations here recently, General Manager B.B. Modgil said in March, the RWF could cast 688 wheels a day on an average. With this rate of production, the RWF can produce two lakh wheels a year, he said, adding he was confident the workforce will be able to achieve this target during the current financial year. The axle shop has also done extremely well. It has produced 52,870 axles which is the second highest ever in the history of RWF. This was effectively produced in nine months since the axle shop was shut down for maintenance for nearly three months. Some 40,509 wheel sets were produced which is the highest ever in the history of RWF, this too in spite of three-month shutdown.

With all these, the turnover of RWF has jumped from Rs. 501.40 crore to Rs. 541 crore approximately during 2007-08.

Mr. Modgil said the management will ensure the best living conditions for the staff in the colonies to contribute wholeheartedly in the factory. The RWF will improve the maintenance of quarters to achieve the goal. A number of proposals have been approved and works have also started.

Some of the noteworthy works are resurfacing of roads, renewal of sewage pipelines, replacement of tiles in the bathrooms etc.

The General Manager said RWF has become a jewel among all the production units of the Indian Railways. Four of RWF staff have been granted Railway Week award at the Railway Board level.