The wagon periodical overhauling (WPO) workshop of Indian Railways in Visakhapatnam is completed scheduled by December 2019. In the 2018-19 railway budget the railway ministry has granted Rs.150 crore for the project.
In the 2015-16 railway budgets at a cost of Rs.214 crore the project was sanctioned. The ministry was initially sanctioned Rs.30 crore in the same budget to start the work. And Later, it sanctioned another Rs.80 crore in the present fiscal, and Rs.150 crore in the 2018-19 railway budgets.
The major projects of Indian Railways the ‘WPO’ is one of that major project. In Vijayawada the state has only one such workshop. The one in Vizag will be second and first modern workshop with advanced facilities in the state if it is completed as per schedule (Dec 2019).
The importance of the project is that the workshop can handle nearly 200 wagons at a time in generation, repair and maintenance. The workshop can be handled the Wagons of passenger trains, goods trains and oil tankers, and it will be equipped with modern facilities and machineries.
Divisional railway manager MS Mathur, Waltair railway division of East Coast Railway Zone, told that “The work order has already been given and construction is on. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2019. It is a prestigious project of Waltair division.”
According to railway sources, in the 2015-16 railway budgets the workshop project was announced, in 2017 the foundation stone was laid. The project was delayed due to various reasons, in the last two years which includes some decisions taken by the railway board.
As per railway board’s instructions, From East Coast Railway Zone to Workshop Project Organisation at Patna the project’s authorized ownership was preliminarily changed. Again, The Railway Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) was changed to ownership of the executing agency. Mathur clarified that “The RVNL has already done a detailed estimation and the work order has been given to a contractor. The works are on
in full swing”.
The workshop is coming up at Vadlapudi, near Duvvada satellite railway station under Waltair division of ECoR. The state has only one such workshop at Vijayawada. The Vizag workshop will be second in the state, and the first modern workshop with advanced facilities.
Mathur said that, “The WPO is a major project of railways. It will be a boon to Vizag, which is being developed as a smart city,”