South Western Railway Headquarter Office “Rail Soudha” has recently been in the limelight for its spurt of beautification being taken up in its surroundings. Most recently there has been works taken up for beautifying the landscape with gardens, water fountains, miniature locomotives & busts of freedom fighters in gardens for the public visiting Headquarters office.
To instill a sense of patriotism and to give a facelift Smt Sujatha Singh, President SWRWWO today unveiled the statue of Kittur Rani Chennama at the entrance of “Rail Soudha”. The statue is 12 feet heigh and weighing 5,000 Kg made of Cement with metal colour. The cost of the statue is approx Rs. 2.86 lakhs.
Later, Shri B G Mallya, PCEE inaugurated the loco in the presence of Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR, Shri P.K. Mishra, AGM/SWR, Shri Vijay Agarwal, PCE, Shri Hari Shankar Verma, PCOM, Shri Shiv Raj Singh, PCCM, Shri P Ravi Kumar, PCME, Shri Arvind Malkhede, DRM/UBL. Other senior officers and staff of SWR witnessed the inauguration of the 37-year-old decommissioned loco “Garuda” on the Rail Soudha premises for display purpose.
This Electric Locomotive 21320, WAM-4(6P) was commissioned in 1982 on SE Railway. The weight of the Locomotive is 112.8 Tonnes and has covered over 44 lakh Km before it was taken out of operation in 2019. This electric Loco is of Co-Co Design (6 axles) of Trimount Cast Frame.