4 December 2015

Production of Passenger Coaches by Indian Railways

The target for production of coaches by Rail Coach Factories under the Ministry of Railways for the year 2015-16 is as below:-

Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai
Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala
Rail Coach Factory(RCF), Raebareli
DEMU Factory, Haldia                      
(for furnishing only)

(b) All efforts are made to ensure that the production of coaches in Rail Coach Factories is as per the target.  The Rail Coach Factory, Raebareli and DEMU Factory, Haldia are still in the project stage and their outturn is planned to increase gradually.  However, in last ten years, the two established  Rail Coach Factories i.e. ICF, Chennai and RCF, Kapurthala cumulatively  produced
29225 coaches as against the cumulative target of 29290 coaches which is a negligible difference.

(c) In order  to  meet  further  traffic  demand,  the following   steps have been taken  by  Indian Railways to enhance the production of coaches;

·         Setting up of DEMU Coach Factory at Haldia.

·         Setting up of Rail Coach Factory at RCF/Raebareli.

·         Augmentation  of  existing  production capacities of   ICF/ Chennai and RCF/Kapurthala.

·         Sanction of projects for setting up of Rail Coach Factories at Palakkad, Kanchrapara and Kolar.

Wagons are mainly procured from private wagon builders and Public Sector Undertakings, with a small percentage being manufactured in house by Indian Railways as well. Further, recently, a Joint Venture company between Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) and Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) has been made functional for producing 1200 new wagons per year.