With 2278 rolling stock, coaches with good Codal life are converted as Coach Restaurants
Geetanjali Minhas | July 27, 2023 | Mumbai
Central Railways has earned Rs 17.58 crore revenue from scrap sale of 138 mail/express coaches between April 2022 and June 2023 with average earnings of Rs 12.73 lakh per condemned coach.
In compliance with Railway’s Condemnation Policy, Central Railways condemned 138 mail/ express coaches between April 2022 and June 2023. These coaches, after their Codal life of 25 years, were sent to the scrapyard for auction after going through the process of breaking at Kurla Coach Condemnation Yard. The scrap sale fetched earnings of Rs 17.58 crore and an average earning of 12.73 lakh per condemned coach.
Between April 2023 to June 2023, a total of 59 coaches, including 11 AC coaches were condemned, fetching Central Railways Rs 5.87 crore.
During FY 22-23, a of total 79 coaches were condemned and scrapped including 14 AC coaches, the amount earned through the sale these 79 coaches were Rs. 11.71 crore.
The decision regarding condemnation of a coach is taken on age-cum-condition basis with a maximum of 25 years as its Codal life. Apart from periodic annual overhauls, every coach is subject to a detailed examination before it is attached to a train and only those coaches which are safe to run are allowed in service.
Over Mumbai Division, the condemned coaches are brought to the Coach Condemnation Yard at Kurla after its successful auction procedure and broken into pieces with gas cutters by 20-25 staff working on it. These coaches are brought from CSMT, Dadar, Wadi Bunder and LTT coaching yard after condemnation. The scrap sale of these coaches fetches revenue. This apart, coaches with good conditions after their Codal life are placed as coach restaurants etc.
Moreover, during April 2022-June 2023, Mumbai Division of Central Railways procured 193 new coaches including 39 sleeper class coaches, 57 III AC, 24 II AC, 8 First AC, 29 General Second Class, 5 Pantry cars, 19 Luggage & Guards Break Van and 6 Parcel vans.
At present Central Railways’ Mumbai Division has a total of 2278 coaches of active rolling stock utilised in various trains, including 835 AC coaches, 725 sleeper coaches, 525 general coaches, 60 pantry car, 6 Vista Dome coaches, 48 Vande Bharat Coaches and 79 other type of coaches.
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