Bangladesh Railway (BR) has planned to set up a new unit for manufacturing passenger coaches and freight wagons at Saidpur Railway Workshop.
The workshop officials have already finalised the Detailed Project Proposal (DPP) for the new shed that will have the capacity to produce 60 passenger coaches and freight wagons every year, according to sources.
The workshop has some 112-acre unused land at its premises while its excising 26 shops are now capable only to produce some spare parts of rail coaches.
Established in 1870, the workshop once moved into the manufacturing of coaches in the early years after the independence in 1971, but it was halted in 1993.
Around 1,000 coaches and wagons are currently being repaired at the workshop in a year.
However, the demand for rail coaches has ever been increasing and the BR is now heavily depending on imports from India and Indonesia to carry out the services.
A total of 440 freight wagons were purchased from India over the last three years, whereas 150 passengers coaches were brought from Indonesia over the same period.
Saidpur Railway Workshop’s Divisional Superintendent Mohammad Kudrat-e-Khuda said the project for the new manufacturing unit will breathe new life in the workshop’s operation.
Mokhsedul Momin, general secretary of Shramik Leagu’s Saidpur Railway Workshop unit, informed that it has been recommended that the funds for the proposed project could come from the Line of Credit that India had pledged for the development of the railway sector in Bangladesh.