The first state-of-the-art rail coach is set to be rolled out from the Rae Bareli factory in May.
The factory, which will manufacture lightweight stainless steel coaches, is expected to cater to Railways’ increasing demand for coaches by rolling out about 1,000 units yearly.
“Our target is to manufacture 1,000 coaches every year, but we would produce 60 coaches a year for the first two years as per the first phase production target,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project.
The roll out of the first newly-designed, modern coach from Rae Bareli will be followed by two more coaches in the next two months.
“The coach factory spread over 1,500 acres of land is entirely eco-friendly and we have adhered to highest standard of pollution safety norms,” the official said, adding that the first phase “always takes time as it involves acquiring land, procuring machineries and finalising contracts”.
“The manufacturing of coaches at Rae Bareli factory is crucial for Railways as we depend upon it to meet our growing requirement,” the official said.
The foundation stone for the Rs 1,685 crore coach factory was laid by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in 2007.