The mechanical department of the Ludhiana Railway Station will get new machinery to help provide better facilities to passengers.
Though the railway authorities were supposed to start upgrading and inducting new machinery six months ago, it was delayed due to technical reasons.
The public and works department has sanctioned Rs 6.4 crore, more than half of which has been spent on advancement of the station and the remaining is being spent on new machinery for the mechanical department.
In-charge of the mechanical department at Ludhiana Railway Station, SK Sharma, said from the sanctioned amount, Rs 2.5 crore was being spent on getting new wagons, LHB coaches for Shatabdi Express, making lockers in the shed, buying uniforms for employees and various types of tools to repair technical faults in the wagons and for undertaking mechanical works.
"We have one accident relief train crane of 110 tonnes worth Rs 20 crore at the Ludhiana railway station that can reach the mishap spot soon with doctors," Sharma said. "But now two new cranes will arrive within the next six months for the mechanical department to speed up its technical work."
Sharma said one mobile crane would move on the roads to pick up and send equipment like wagons from one section to another and also move to other cities with the parts.
"Several times we are dependent on trucks and other transportation modes to send equipment and parts to other stations," Sharma said. "We have asked for mobile cranes, which will transport the machinery on time. The order worth Rs 20 lakh has been placed."
There would also be a roof mobile crane in the mechanical shed worth Rs 20 lakh, he said.