Railways planning to set up rail coach factory in Assam

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Guwahati: Indian Railways is planning to built a rail coach factory in the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam.

A proposal for the establishment of a rail coach factory in the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam has been received by the Ministry of Railways from North East Frontier Railway (NFR).

The Lok Sabha received a written response containing this information from Union Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, on November 21.

For citizens of North Bengal and the neighbouring states of Assam, this plant would be the first of its sort in east and northeast India and is anticipated to provide a considerable number of employment opportunities.

There are three working rail coach factories for the railways at the moment. These consist of:

  1. Tamil Nadu's Chennai, at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF),
  2. Punjab's Rail Coach Factory (RCF) at Kapurthala and
  3. Modern Coach Factory (MCF) at Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh.

The location of the proposed rail coach manufacturing is expected to be within the Alipurduar division of the North East Frontier Railway, close to the boundary between Bengal and Assam (NFR)- Assam's Bodoland Territorial Region and Assam's Bodoland Territorial Region.

The facility would likely be built in Kokrajhar, an Assam region that borders Bengal. The Bodoland Territorial Council also oversees Kokrajhar, one of Assam's four districts.

The initiative is a part of the Rail Ministry's grandiose plan to begin building all rail coaches domestically by December 2022.

An autonomous territory within the state of Assam, the Bodoland Territorial Region is made up of the four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, and Udalguri, with Kokrajhar serving as its administrative centre. The Bodo tribe, the main ethnic group in the area, gave it its name.

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