Kolkata: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
Sunday stressed the need for capacity-building in the Railways
to meet growing demand for rolling stock domestically and in
some neighbouring countries.
"We have to go for a capacity-building programme. We need
more rolling stock. There is also a demand for our rolling
stock in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. We should indulge in
capacity building to meet the demands," Banerjee said at a
function at Ballygunj Junction station here.
The minister said when she ordered rakes for the Kolkata
Metro from the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai she realised
that the delivery was being delayed as the manufacturers were
importing spare-parts from abroad.
"It is not that we cannot make these coaches. So we have
decided to set up 10 new coach factories all over the country.
A rehabilitation centre for Metro coaches has also been set up
at Noapara (near Kolkata)," she said.
Banerjee, who was flagging off two local trains and
announcing the start of work of a Nursing College at Majerhat,
said she wanted the Railways to be self-reliant, "not by
begging, but by its own resources".