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Rly Minister Piyush Goyal flags off 295th electric locomotive at DLW

Sets a target of 501 electric locomotives in 2020-21 financial year

Varanasi: Railway Minister on Saturday flagged off the 295th electric locomotive manufactured at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in the current financial year. Appreciating the achievement of DLW for rolling out 295th locomotive against the target of 315 loco in 2019-2020 financial year, he exhorted the officials to fix a target of producing minimum 501 locomotives in 2020-21.

Speaking on the occasion, Goyal also trained gun to previous governments accusing them of keeping the Modern Coach Factory (MCF) at Rae Bareli underutilized. He said that it is the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the same factory is touching new milestone by producing 2000 Link Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches in current 2019-2020 financial year. He said that he would be in Rae Bareli’s MCF on March 30 to celebrate the production of 2000th LHB coach.

He said that before 2014 the MCF Rae Bareli was being used for fixing some screws and parts in the coaches prepared in factories of Kapoorthala and other places. It rolled out its own manufactured first LHB coach in August 2014. PM’s inspiration doubled the production, and now MCF Rae Bareli is in a position to set a new record.

Appreciating the efforts of railway officials and employees for keeping the current financial year free from consequential incidents and ensuring a safe journey for passengers, he said that it was not an ordinary achievement. He claimed that the 13 lakh staff of Indian Railway would make it number one railway in the world very soon.

(Pics & video by Sanjay Gupta)

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