Bhubaneswar: The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Wednesday commissioned automatic coach washing plant that is designed to save time, water and manpower at Puri Coaching Depot.
The plant operates automatically upon sensing the movement of the train rake through the unit. A full rake will take 5-7 minutes for complete washing in many stages. In the first stage, pre-wetting is done by treated water followed by detergent spray and water brushing. It is then followed by disc brush cleaning followed by soft water cleaning. At the end, RO spray is done, according to a release.
The Automatic Coach Washing Plant is equipped with a captive effluent treatment plant where the used water is treated and the final discharge from the ETP meets the environmental norms. The unit has a water treatment plant, ETP, control room for central monitoring.
The plant utilises less water compared to manual washing resulting in saving of huge amount of fresh water every year. It is also expected to save revenue towards external washing cost for the depot.