SOUTH EASTERN RAILWAY
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS OF EMU CAR SHED, TIKIAPARA-GM/SER VISITS CAR SHED
Kolkata, 24th November, 2018:
In Commemoration of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of EMU Car Shed, Tikiapara, Sri P. S. Mishra, General Manager, South Eastern Railway visited the Car Shed to inspect its massive maintenance activities and to review the progress of the Car Shed, this morning (24.11.2018). General Manager also joined in the 50thyears of Golden Jubilee Celebrations with the staff and officers of Tikiapara Car Shed and addressed the gathering. To mark this occasion, a Golden Jubilee Garden was inaugurated at premises of Tikiapara Car Shed. Sri Mishra was a accompanied by Sri Anirban Datta, Addl. General Manager, Sri Goutam Banerjee, Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, Sri j.K.Saha, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, Sri K.R.K.Reddy, Divisional Railway Manager, Kharagpur and other Sr. Railway Officers of South Eastern Railway.
History of EMU Car Shed:
Kolkata is a magnificent Metropolitan City. Millions of commuters throng the City from far-flung areas in the morning for work and return in the evening. It was therefore planned to connect the Suburbs with Kolkata by introducing first and frequent Electric Multiple Unit Train along with electrification of Howrah-Kharagpur section. EMU Car Shed was planned at Tikiapara, ideal location for maintenance of EMU Rakes. EMU trains have lie-over period during the day time and Tikiapara being nearest to Howrah, the present Shed was Constructed at Tikiapara. The Shed made a humble beginning when 7 numbers of 4 coach units were brought from ICF/Chennai and EMU services started between Howrah and Panskura on 01.05.1968. This is also a day of energisation of Howrah-Kharagpur section. Initially, the Car Shed did not have adequate facility for proper upkeep of EMU rakes. But this did not deter in fulfilling the commitment to the travelling public. Years went by and Suburban sections of South Eastern Railway have been energized with full electrification in phased manner.
Tikiapara Car Shed is presently holding 100 motor coaches and 203 trailer coaches.The Car Shed also imparts training to the Motermen, Guards, Loco Inspectors, Chief Loco inspectors & Maintenance staff with its locally made simulator. Tikiapara Car Shed is ready to handle more number of rakes in future to cope up the additional volume of the Passengers.
More than 3.83 Lakhs Passengers travel per day on the 194 EMU trains on a day on South Eastern Railway’s Suburban sections i.e. Howrah-Kharagpur-Midnapur, Santragachi-Amta, Santragachi-Shalimar, Panskura-Haldia, Mechada-Digha and Kharagpur-Hijli. There are ample number of 12-Car EMU rakes along with 11 number of most modernized GPS based 3-phased indigenous EMU rakes with CCTV facilities in Ladies’ compartments. Public address system has also been provided in all 12-car rakes for the convenience of the Passengers in the suburban sections of South Eastern Railway in average per day run of 512 Kms. generating railway revenue of Rs. more than 30 lakhs per day from Suburban sections.