Commencing manufacturing at rail coach manufacturing unit at Raebareli was an eyewash: Piyush Goyal

LALGANJ (RAEBARELI): Union Minister for Railways and Coal has said that the process of manufacturing the first coach from the , Raebareili in the year 2011 was just a ‘dhong’ (eyewash) to befool the countrymen and was done keeping in mind the elections. He was on a day’s visit to this coach factory on Sunday, foundation stone of which was laid down in 2007.
“A small shed was made and some coaches were brought from outside and after doing some furnishing, it was claimed that they were manufactured here, ‘kya iss prakar factory lagti hai’ (is this the way a factory is established), questioned the minister after inspecting the entire factory for around an hour, on Sunday.

“It pains me to see that there are several machines which were procured in 2011-12 and 13 and have never been used, their quality is not up to the mark and I have ordered an inquiry to find out who all were responsible for procuring these that were not used since year’s together”, said Goyal. He added that no one would be spared, be it any official or politician.

Goyal was talking to media after holding meeting with the senior officials of the factory and meeting representatives of the workers‘ union.

The Minister said that from its Inception in 2007 to 2011, almost no work was done in this of the country. “It‘s very sad that since 2007 just one railway minister took effort to visit this factory but it is equally good to see that this year, the factory would be manufacturing 700 mordern coaches and the capacity of this plant would be doubled in the next financial year (around 1500) and in subsequent year the plant will manufacture 3000 modern coaches, as assured by me in the investor’s summit at Lucknow”, he said.

For enhancing the capacity of the factory, manpower would also be increased for which the factory authorities would be working out the needed strength and railway board would do the needful.

The minister also announced that an ancillary unit would be set up near the factory which will not only support the requirement of the factory but also produce employment for locals. “I will be meeting the chief minister and request for providing the land for the same”, he said.

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