After a wait of 40 years, a railway coach factory is set to go into production in the state, opening up a long wait of almost 40 years. However, it was set up entirely with private investment rather than a public company. The industry was set up with an investment of about Rs 850 crore in Kondakal village in Shankarpalli Mandal of the Rangareddy district.
For the first time in the country, this private company will manufacture coaches of all types of trains. The industry will, directly and indirectly, employ up to 1150 people. If all goes as planned, the company will start production by the end of March. The demand for setting up a railway coach factory in Kazipet has been there since 1982.
No matter how many parties have changed in these 40 years, it has not materialized. The Center has mentioned in the AP Redistribution Act that the Railway Coach Factory will be allotted to Telangana. In the absence of any progress in this regard, Medha Servo Drives Pvt. Ltd., a Hyderabad-based manufacturer of rail transport equipment, has focused on setting up a coach factory. TSIIC has allotted 100 acres of land for setting up the industry.
The foundation stone for the construction work was laid two years ago. And it is set to launch in March. There are only two private railway coach factories in the country so far. Siemens, a German company, manufactures locomotive bogies and passenger coaches for Metro and EMU (electric multiple units) trains in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. CRC India manufactures Metro coaches affiliated with a Chinese company is in Sri City, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. However, the coach factory in the state is completely different. Coaches for regular trains as well as Metro, Mono, and EMU trains will be manufactured here.