GUWAHATI, Oct 12 - The Diesel Locomotive Shed, New Guwahati, the easternmost locomotive maintenance shed of the Indian Railways, is planning to undertake a number of new projects in the coming months for upgradation of facilities and adoption of latest technologies.
Senior Indian Railways officials told The Assam Tribune that among the projects planned are development of a database management software for information management of all the locomotives, setting up of a state-of-the-art material handling system and also an automatised effluent treatment plant (ETP) for water re-circulation.
�A database management software is being developed at the shed for information management of all the locomotives regarding their history, specifications, failure data, schedule particulars, etc., for easy and anytime access on internet or tablet. This will be a pioneer software for not just this shed but all sheds in India,� said an official.
He added, �The work should be completed in next three months. This database system will help in making analysis very easy and help in taking preventive steps in short time.�
The New Guwahati shed, the only full-fledged diesel locomotive shed in the seven north-eastern states, was commissioned in the early 1960s and was designed for 80 locomotives, but now handles 125 engines.
�There is a proposal for setting up of a state-of-the-art advanced material handling system in the new proposed Stores Depot to be made inside the shed,� said an official.
In addition, environmentally sustainable projects like a biogas plant in the shed�s canteen and an ETP water re-circulation automatised plant are also expected to be operational in the next three months.
It has installed centralised compressed pipelines at all the repair bays. As part of the Prime Minister�s Digital India Mission, the shed is initiating a database information management system to convert into a paperless office. Besides, it is in the process of installation of DM water plant and centralised water pipeline in the repair bays.