Patiala: For 60 decades now, the Diesel Loco Modernisation Works (DMW) have come a long way in giving India ‘the Diesel Locomotives’. With continuous and untiring efforts, they have contributed in a big way and is now flexing its muscles to start manufacturing the high-speed engines and the electrical engines. The proposal for the projects have already been sent for getting approval.
Earlier Known as DCW, it was founded on October 24, 1981 and the production work started here in 1986 and later in 1989 the unit entrusted the work of rebuilding of the diesel locomotives as well. But in 2003 the unit got its new name that is DMW. It all started with three loco building projects and crossed 156 figures carrying out big works by now.
These days the plant with 1700 employees is manufacturing about 10 new engines of 3200 to 3300 horse power capacity in a single month. According to the sources in DMW, the total cost of rebuilding of an engine comes about six crore whereas manufacturing of a new one is much more.
These sources added that the authorities of DMW have received a proposal from the union of the employees for raising the current capacity of engines and the union has urged to manufacture new engines with capacity of 4000-4500 horse power as the union feels that it will provide help in generating more potential of employment and business.
They said that the local manufacturers will get a chance to work for this unit as the unit will take spare parts for engine manufacturing from some of the local Industries.
It may be mentioned here that so far the unit is engaged in getting the spare parts from some other states for building the engines and if the local industry was involved then it will definitely help in fostering the cottage industry here.
Sources added that as the demand for manufacturing the electric engines is rising, the Railways too are adopting the electrification of the rail tracks on a large scale and this unit has a potential to go for the manufacturing of such engines as well.
DMW’s Administrative Officer A K Luthra also confirmed that the unit is ready to contribute in modernising the Indian Railway and if it was entrusted with the manufacturing of high-speed and electric engines then the department has technologies to upgrade accordingly.
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