It is involved in diesel locomotives overhaul, wagon manufacture to get certification
TIRUCHI: The Goldenrock Railway Workshop here has become the first railway repair workshop involved in diesel locomotives periodic overhaul and wagon manufacture to get the ISO 14,001:2004 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification.
Addressing the media here on Tuesday, the Chief Mechanical Engineer, Southern Railway, V. Carmelus, said the workshop obtained the ISO 14,001 certificate last week for having complied with the specified requirements in the standards for EMS.
The certificate was given after an audit was conducted by the Quality Management Certification Services at the workshop three months ago. This was the first workshop in the Indian Railways to be certified for ISO 9,001 Quality Management System in July 1996.
Mr. Carmelus, on his maiden visit to the workshop after assuming charge as the Chief Mechanical Engineer recently, said with the metre gauge services coming down, the MG coaches were now being exported to foreign countries.
The railways had bagged an order for export of 23 metre gauge coaches to Tanzania.
The coaches had been identified and necessary modifications in them including change of brake systems would be carried out at the Goldenrock workshop.
This apart, two diesel metre gauge locomotives would also be exported to Tanzania.
The modified metre gauge coaches would be dispatched to Tanzania during the current year itself.
As announced in the railway budget, the Southern Railway would embark on the task of fitting cushions in 1,700 General Service coaches besides providing a third berth in the side in 1,600 II class sleeper and AC III-tier coaches from January.
The works will be outsourced and done at the depots in Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchi, Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram.
With the railways planning a dedicated freight corridor, there was a plan to enhance the wagon production capacity of the Goldenrock Workshop by 1,000 wagons a year. Funds to the tune of Rs. 3 crore had been sanctioned.
Another sum of Rs. 18 crore had been sanctioned to the Golden workshop for procurement of machinery and construction of new bays to handle the high horsepower General Motors locomotives when they come for periodic overhaul to the workshop, Mr. Carmelus said.