RCF Kapurthala produces record 1701 coaches in 2013-14
Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala closed the financial year 2013-14 with a record production of 1701 coaches against its installed capacity of 1500 coaches per annum.
During the year, RCF produced 23 different variants of coaches for high end trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Double Decker and other mail/express trains. Besides its own production, 150 unfurnished coaches were also turned out for RCF Rae Bareli, which is a new production unit of Indain Railways where production activity has just commenced.
RCF in association with DRDE, has developed a highly cost effective indigenous technology for treatment of faecal waste in coaches. It has started fitting these bio toilets in all new coaches. Total 2096 bio-toilets have been fitted in 2013-14. This will help in providing an almost maintenance free and a low cost solution to the problem of open defecation on the railway tracks.
In order to bring world class railway technology to the common man, LHB design stainless Steel coaches are now being proliferated in Non-AC mail/express trains also and 121 such coaches have been produced during the year. RCF has planned to completely switch over to this new technology in near future. RCF has worked hard to find innovative solutions to solve problem which come on the way. In order to provide timely alarm to the passengers and crew in case of any fire incidence in the train, VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Alarm) has been provided on stainless steel coaches. Such coaches fitted with VESDA on Nizamuddin-Secunderabad Rajdhani and AC Double Decker rake were turned out during 2013-14. RCF has always tried to build in environmental concerns in all its activities and its endeavor in environmental conservation was recognized again, when it was awarded GreenTech Environment Management Award-2013 in engineering sector for excellent management of environment during 2013-14. RCF's efforts were acknowledged for better work place management when it was adjudged a "Par Excellence" organization at 1st National Conclave on 5-S held by Quality Circle Forum of India at Chennai.
On the sports front, RCF hosted several All India Railway competitions fully utilizing the world class sports infrastructure and RCF players proved their mettle in these tournaments with a great success. The Astro turf Hockey stadium now can aptly be counted among one of the best and many players from RCF are now representing the national teams in international tournaments. Similarly RCF Golf Club is also producing young players which are now international names.
(Posted on 10-04-2014)