Wagon overhauling unit in Odisha’s Kantabanji gets Railway Board nod

Bhubaneswar: The Ministry of Railways today gave the green signal for the establishment of a Wagon Periodic Overhauling (PoH) facility at Kantabanji in Bolangir district, following the approval of ₹244.77 Crore by the Railway Board.

This significant development comes after thorough consideration of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted in September 2023.

The proposed wagon PoH workshop, with a capacity for 200 wagons, will be set up on the vacant land available with Railways at Kantabanji. This decision comes in response to the fervent demands of local people, including public representatives, who have long advocated for a PoH facility in the region.

Recognising the critical need for such a workshop, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw assured local people of his commitment to their aspirations. Approval from the Railway Board underscores the government’s dedication to addressing the needs and concerns of citizens.

The establishment of a wagon PoH workshop holds several key benefits:

To increase the freight traffic in this region, regular Overhauling of Wagons will be maintained well for safe train operations. The life span of wagons will aid in rectifying the wagons which will lead to cost savings on replacements.

These apart, wagon maintenance will improve efficiency and reliability, resulting in better performance and reduced downtime. The establishment of the wagon PoH workshop at Kantabanji underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing railway infrastructure and ensuring the safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of the railway system.

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