Jamalpur Railway Workshop in Munger district has proved the general perception that quality often comes at a great price wrong. The workshop has earned applause from Railway Board for its ‘work quality’ at a low cost. It has now emerged as the best ‘Diesel Locomotive Repair Workshop’ of Indian Railways for its better skills and advanced infrastructure required for both repair and manufacturing of diesel locomotives.
According to a Railway Board official, this workshop, which is one of the oldest in the country, carries out both manufacture and repair work of diesel locomotives.
As per the loco repair quality figures of April this year released by Director, Traction, Railway Board, on April 30, 2013, Jamalpur workshop has been declared as the best centre of periodic overhauling (POH) for diesel locomotives. The recent appraisal of the POH work has proved that Jamalpur workshop has less number of locomotive failures compared to other workshops, he said.
Jamalpur workshop has registered an impressive figure of just one locomotive failure out of 10 repaired after the run of about 2 lakh km by the locomotive. This figure is at par with the global best figures of the US and Europe rail roads. Put in a different way, it is equivalent to 28 round trips from Kashmir to Kanyakumari without any incident of locomotive failure, said chief works manager (CWM) of Jamalpur workshop, A K Sinha.
Incidentally, this is the first time that Jamalpur workshop has grabbed the coveted position as the best centre for periodic overhauling (POH) for diesel locomotives in the country, he said.
The CWM attributed this feat to the unmatched skills of the workers of Jamalpur who have better support of material inputs and modern technology. Periodic overhauling (POH) is carried out every eight years for diesel locomotives or after the run of about eight lakh kilometres by each diesel locomotive