Belagavi: The Railways has proposed the setting up of an exclusive centre to manufacture spare parts for train coaches and wagons at Kittur taluk in Belagavi district. The Railway Board recently submitted the proposal to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. If the state okays it, Kittur will be the second place in the country after Rae Bareli to have this facility.
According to Railway Board member Rajesh Agrawal, the continuous demand for coaches, wagons and trainsets makes it imperative to have such a unit. Neither the railways nor the state government will incur any expense as the manufacturers will have to pay for the land and install their units here. A government source confirmed that such a proposal was being contemplated.
Agarwal said railway department needs around 150 acres of land to start the railway ancillary spare parts manufacturing facility. Since there are vast stretches of land at Kittur, the facility can be expanded in future. Its proximity to Goa will facilitate exports to other countries via sea route. The board member said it’s up to the state to make it attractive for the industry by giving some concessions and incentives.
Key spare parts for coaches and wagons like shells (outer layer of coach), bogeys, brake systems and interiors will be manufactured at this centre. “We have asked the state to make it separate export processing zone. Spare parts manufacturers can be consolidated under one roof” Agarwal told, adding that a single-window clearance for all permissions must be established by the state government.
Such an establishment will give a boost to employment in Kittur and surrounding areas. Arrival and departure of trucks and a large number of personnel here will give rise to other businesses like hotels and eateries and there will be an overall boost to the area’s economy.
Source: The New Indian Express