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Press Release No. 49 13-07-2018


                                                                 SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

                                       Press Release No. 49  Dt. 11.07.2018 


Shri A. K. Gupta, GM/SWR inspected Hubballi Railway Workshop o­n 10.07.2018.  He has commissioned many new developmental works such as 999 Kwp (nearly 1 MWP) Solar Plant, Roller Bearing Cleaning Plant, New Shed for material storage etc.  He was accompanied by Shri S. K. Gupta, PCME, Shri USS Yadav, Principal Chief Engineer, Shri K. Shanmugaraj, Principal Chief Materials Manager, Shri Ajay Kumar, Chief Works Manager, and other Senior Railway Officers.

Hubballi workshop is 133 year old, established in 1885 and has since adopting with changing times continuously, to cater for maintenance of rail coaches. Shri Gupta has reviewed the plans for workshop, availability of men, machinery and funds .He has discussed the performance of workshop and various o­ngoing developmental works.

Roof top Solar Plant:

            SWR has today commissioned 1MWP Rooftop Solar capacity at Hubballi Carriage Repair Workshop. Now Hubballi workshop is the o­nly location o­n Indian railways, where 1MWP rooftop solar modules  are provided, at a single locationother than station. Other than this, major roof top solar plants are o­n stations New Delhi (2 MWP) & Katra (1MWP). The Solar plant at Hubballi work shop will generate approximately 15 lakh KWh annually and estimated saving to Railways as a result would be to the tune of Rs. 24 Lakhs per annum. It is expected that this plant will reduce 1200 Tonnes of CO2 emission.  With this, the total solar energy being generated o­n SWR is 3345 KWP (3.345 MWP) which is equivalent to 50 Lakh electricity units per year. Estimated reduction of Carbon footprint is 4000 Tonnes per annum which goes long way in protecting environment.

With this Hubballi Workshop is o­ne of the major Solar Installation locations, all over India harnessing solar power in a big way. Entire Energy load requirement of Hubballi Workshop can be met with Solar Energy. Thus Hubballi workshop now a “Green” and “Carbon neutral’’ installation. This Solar plant is provided in developer mode, where Railway has collaborated with M/s ReNew Solar Energy Pvt. Ltd. There is no cost to the Railways and supply, installation Operation & Maintenance of the plant for 25 years period is with the developer.  “Net-metering” feature has been provided wherein the excess solar units will be fed into the power supply grid and can be off-set as and when required.  Thus against surplus power generated, Railway will avail benefit from BESCOM by energy credit.

Roller Bearing Cleaning Plant:

            State of the art facilities for Roller bearing cleaning and overhauling have been made operational.  Coach bearings which were earlier being cleaned manually will now be cleaned by this machine.  This will increase speed, accuracy and reliability.  This machine is Fully automatic with computerized process control. It also has built in effluent treatment plant which treats the waste generated.

Cartridge Taper Roller bearing facility for Wagon and Diesel locos brings in Computerization with automated stage wise inspection and assembly.  The cost of this machine is Rs. 1.75 Cr.

Railway Board has sanctioned a new work for Rs.33.93 Cr at Hubballi Workshop this year.  This will enable Hubballi Workshop to undertake overhauling of state of art (LHB) Linke Hofmann Busch coaches. These New technology coaches will progressively replace old ICF coaches, presently o­n run in Indian Railways.  Work will carried out for providing infrastructure with capacity of handling 15 LHB coaches per month 550 coaches of SWR can be maintained with this capacity. 

§A new material storage shed is constructed in area of 900 Sq. mtr (15 m x 60 m) with Rs.80 Lakhs.

Following New additions to the Workshop machinery are inspected.

§EOT crane 60 Tonne (30 T + 30 T lifting jacks) for lifting rail  coaches at  cost of Rs.85 lakhs provided recently

§Laser engraving machine at a cost of Rs.6 lakhs for marking the date of checking o­n rim of wheel  bearing

§Air gauging machine at cost of Rs.8 Lakhs, to record diameter of rollers bearings with high precision from both sides at three. 

                                                                                  (E. Vijaya)

                                                                                Chief Public Relations Officer
                                                                          South Western railway, Hubballi

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