Out of the total Rs. 80.98 crore sanctioned by the Railway Board for upgrading assets and infrastructure, the Carriage Repair Workshop here has utilised Rs. 33.68 crore till March 2012.

Addressing presspersons before the 57th Railway Week Celebrations here on Monday, Chief Workshop Manager Shyamadhar Ram said the works included construction of a new high bay, ventilated and illuminated water leakage free sheds for paint shop and bogie repair shop and new advanced traverser for BVZI brake vans. Mr. Ram said while the normal duration of the periodic overhauling of coaches was 18 months, it was 13 months for pantry cars because of heavy corrosion. “We initiated several steps to check corrosion in pantry cars by replacing the material with stainless steel and advanced methods of floor coating.

Thus, the unit cost of regular periodic overhauling for pantry cars has come down to Rs. 7.11 lakh from Rs. 11.94 lakh per year. The subsequent cost for 18-month cycle will be approximately Rs. 5.87 lakh,” he said.

Divisional Electrical Engineer D. Mohanraj, Deputy Chief Workshop Manager Amitava Chaudhuri, and Senior Assistant Financial Advisor Rajashekarappa were present.