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New Delhi, October 13: Despite the challenges posed by the outbreak of global pandemic Covid-19 and lockdown in the country, World’s biggest Locomotive Manufacturer Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) of West Bengal has produced 150 electric rail locomotives in 129 working days of the current financial year.
However, in the last financial year, this figure was touched in 128 days only.
Praveen Mishra, General Manager of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, flagged off the 150th engine on Tuesday.
Expressing happiness over the achievement of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that Railways has done the job of turning the Covid pandemic into an opportunity by encouraging Make in India.
He tweeted that Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has built 150 rail locomotives in just 129 days in the current financial year, facing Kovid. It took only 27 days to reach the 150th engine from the target of 100 engines.
As per official figures of Railways, Chittaranjan Locomotive Works has manufactured 150 rail locomotives in a total of 129 working days till October 13 in the current financial year (2020-21).
While 50 rail locomotives were built in the first 56 working days in the financial year 2019-20, it took 70 days to achieve this figure in the current financial year.
Similarly, while the target of 100 engines was met in just 97 days in the last financial year, this year took 102 days.
It is notable that this year there was a lockdown in April and May due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was then unlocked in June, July and August. After this, the effect of improving the situation took just 27 days to prepare the railway from 100th engine to 150th engine, that is, 50 rail engines. Although it took 128 days to complete the work in the last financial year period, this time it has taken 129 days.