Plea For Coach Facotory

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today requested the Ministry of Railways   to consider setting up of a coach factory for aluminum-bodied train sets in State.

Sending a missive to Union Minister railways, Piyush Goyal today Chief Minister said the State Government is extremely keen to set up the Integrated Railway Coach Factory.

He said the Government of India is planning to roll out high speed aluminum bodied Train 20' train sets by 2020, setting up a coach factory will go a long way in this regard.
Mr.Patnaik said “As you are aware, Odisha is the largest producer of aluminum and houses about 56 per cent of the smelting capacity of the country. The State Government is developing a dedicated Aluminum Park, where molten aluminum can be directly obtained from the smelter of NALCO for the manufacturing of the train sets.”

In view of this unique advantage in the State, the production costs for the coaches could come down substantially through use of committed feedstock from the mother plant in the immediate vicinity, the Chief Minister pointed out in his letter.
Mr.Patnaik said the State has also identified downstream and ancillary units in metal sector as one of the 5 focus sectors and we are committed to provide unmatched facilitation support to manufacturing investments in the State.

“I would, therefore, request that Ministry of Railways may consider setting up the Integrated Coach Factory for aluminum bodied train sets in Odisha,” Mr.Patnaik urged.

Notably, the Chief Minister had express disappointment in February this year over the fact that the wagon manufacturing factory at Sitalapalli, announced in 2011-12, for which the State Government has given 100 acres and it did not took off.

But even before the annual Budget, the Railways announced a new coach manufacturing factory in Marathwada area of Maharashtra.
The Chief Minister said the allocation for Odisha for 2018-19 should be made as per the demand of Rs 6,500 crore.

He had expressed concern over low expenditure which is expected to remain below 60 per cent of the outlay in 2017-18.

In 2010, the then Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee proposed a wagon factory in Odisha.
Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik had recommended Ganjam for the factory. The Ministry of Railways subsequently decided to set up the wagon factory at Ganjam.

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