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ICF and CII or­gan­ise In­ter­na­tional Rail Coach Expo in Chen­nai

In­te­gral Coach Fac­tory (ICF), Per­am­bur, Chen­nai, re­cently or­gan­ised a first-ever In­ter­na­tional Rail Coach Expo (IRCE) in In­dia, in part­ner­ship with the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) and RITES Ltd. The event which was in­au­gu­rated by Tamil Nadu Gov­er­nor, Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit, had 70 stalls fea­tur­ing In­dian and for­eign play­ers. He re­leased a book­let, ‘New age coaches for a na­tion on move’ and the ex­hi­bi­tion cat­a­logue.

“In­dian Rail­ways will al­ways be a part of na­tion-build­ing, where it will en­hance wel­fare, pro­mote em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­gage in pro­mot­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties. The rail­ways have come a long way since the first train in the coun­try. Now the rail­ways em­ploy more than 15 lakh peo­ple and carry around 8.9 mil­lion pas­sen­gers. In­tro­duc­tion of new tech­nolo­gies like GPS track­ing sys­tem will take it to greater heights,” the Gov­er­nor said.

The fo­cus of the first of its kind In­ter­na­tional Expo was on rail­way pas­sen­ger coaches. The event pro­vided a plat­form for dif­fer­ent sup­pli­ers across the globe un­der one roof and paved the way for mak­ing in In­dia. It had sem­i­nars on spe­cial sub­jects on rail coach and train sets.

ICF has so far man­u­fac­tured 57,000 coaches, a world record.It makes ev­ery year 100 va­ri­eties of coaches. “This is the first time a fo­cused event is be­ing con­ducted. Over 80% of rail coaches run­ning in In­dia are man­u­fac­tured by ICF. Ev­ery sin­gle EMU run­ning in many cities were made by us. This year we have planned to make 3000 coaches com­pared to 2500 last year. It is true that a lot is to be done in the field of qual­ity and tech­nol­ogy. This is the oc­ca­sion for us to ex­plore,” ICF Gen­eral Man­ager, S Mani, said.

The CII South­ern Re­gion Chair­man, R Di­nesh said, “The growth prospects in the coach mak­ing sec­tor are high. Organisations like ICF do busi­ness of Rs 2,500 crore with the pri­vate sec­tor and we hope that in the com­ing years there would be a five-fold growth in this area.”

The Rail­way Board Chair­man, Ash­wani Lo­hani, who was also present at the event, said the In­dian Rail­ways was wit­ness­ing a lot of changes. “In­tro­duc­tion of high-speed trains, coaches with mod­ern fea­tures and safety as­pects would of­fer a new ex­pe­ri­ence to peo­ple. The foun­da­tion for the high-speed train in Ahmed­abad marks a paradigm shift in pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

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