Railway Board Chairman K C Jena flagged off the 220th locomotive here today.
“It’s certainly a record as DLW has achieved its annual target a fortnight before the financial year draws to a close,” Jena told the media.
“As per DLW General Manager SM Bhardwaj, they will roll out two more locomotives in the next 15 days, taking the aggregate production of the year to 222, which is phenomenal,” he added.
The rolling out of 220 engines by the workshop this financial year is a jump of 20 per cent in the locomotive production over previous year, when the annual production figure stood at 186 locos. For the 2008-09 financial year, the DLW has set the target of 250 locos.
Till date the DLW has produced over 5200 locomotives, with the PSU rolling out only four locomotives in its first year (1963-64).
In the present financial year, the DLW earned foreign exchange worth Rs 1,400 crores and manufactured 147 ALCO locomotives for Indian Railways, 51 GM locomotives and 22 locomotives for export and non-railway customers.
Commending the DLW, Jena said that a project worth Rs 68 crore has been sanctioned for the expansion of DLW. A total of Rs 1800 crore has been allocated for the workshop in this year’s rail budget. Jena also inaugurated a seminar hall at DLW’s Technical Training Centre besides launching the workshop’s new website.