The foundation stone of Pratapnagar workshop was laid by Lord Chelmsford, the then Viceroy & Governor General of India on 25th March 1919. The workshop started in 1922 and was associated with the commissioning and overhaul of locos and coaches/wagons which were imported by Gaekwad Baroda State Railway and Bombay Baroda and Central Indian Railway. The Workshop boasts of a rich cultural heritage and is presently headed by a Chief Workshop Manager.
The workshop is spread over 80000 sq m of land and has a workforce of about 500staff. Its main activities include POH of BG milk wagons, BCNHL wagons and NG coaches. Apart from this BG bogies are overhauled and supplied to the divisions for IOH of coaches. This implies that a lot of scrap-ferrous, non-ferrous and hazardous waste is generated. However, one look at the shop and it is difficult to find any scattered garbage of any kind. On enquiry it was learnt that the cleaning staff is deputed only for cleaning lavatories etc. and disposal of hazardous waste. As part of a dedicated house-keeping plan, the whole shop has been divided into various sections and within the sections areas/racks are specifically nominated to the staff that carry out Shramdaan daily and keep the premises clean. It is as though the shop is practicing “Swatch Bharat Abhayan” on a daily basis. This Cultural change has been instilled over a period of time and someone has rightly said that change has to be voluntary to be accepted. One can feel the involvement of all the staff and the pride they take in their efforts.
To reduce the waste the shop is practicing its own system of lean and trying to reduce the generation of waste. Certain activities like brake beam repair have been shifted closer to the bogie shop to reduce the transportation time and effort. In line with sustainable operations, the racks with tools and material have also been placed near the work centers. There is a proper system of waste segregation and disposal. With this the shop is trying to generate value from even the waste. The biodegradable waste is being composted and converted to manure to help green the campus.
To instill the culture and to crowd source ideas the shop practices the Japanese concept of quality circles where every month meetings are held in each section where two technical and two safety issues are discussed. Also jointly everyone tries to find solutions to two critical issues faced by their section.
All these efforts are paying rich dividends and the shop has the lowest cost of all the activities on a pan India basis. Not only has this shop preserved its rich culture and heritage by making a small coach museum at its entrance exhibiting its past glory but also maintained the standards.