GUWAHATI, July 28 - Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) today said that work is going on for installation of automatic coach washing plants in various pit lines and depots and the project is expected to help the zone in its effort to conserve water.
�Installation of automatic coach washing plants is in progress in various locations, including Dibrugarh, Silchar, Naharlagun, Agartala, New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Alipurduar and Katihar. Only around 6,000 litres of water will be needed for cleaning and washing each train rake in such plants, as compared to 10,000 litres in the conventional system used at present. Moreover, 75-80 per cent of the water utilised can also be recycled for further use,� Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer of NFR, said.
The automatic coach washing plant is a multi-stage external cleaning system for coaches and trains by using high pressure water jet, and horizontal and vertical rotating nylon combination brushes. It completes exterior cleaning of the coaches in a rake while being placed in the pit line for maintenance.
The requirement of water and other consumables is much lesser in such plants in comparison to the conventional washing system.