Rail wheel plant/Bela is situated at Bela in Dariyapur Block of Saran district in Bihar (India). Foundation stone of this Plant was laid in 2008 by the then Minister for Railways Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav. It is being built at an approx. cost of Rs. 1639.59 crores. It is spread over a land area of 295 acres. The project work is being looked after by Workshop Projects/Indian Railways, Patna.
Construction / निर्माण
The Rail Wheel Plant’s construction started in July 2008. This plant is a step to revive industrialisation in Northern Bihar .Indian Railways made history by awarding this project to M/s Larsen & Toubro Limited. It was for the first time in history of Indian Railways that a highly sophisticated factory was set up without any foreign collaboration. It was possible because of inhouse capability of Railway engineers and Expertise of World renowned Indian company.
It was a challenge for Railways to start civil works in such a difficult site which is surrounded by river bodies from two sides. To add to the complication, the elevation of Plant was lower than the river bed. Also the soil was so loose, Railways made use of stone columning for increasing the load-bearing capacity of soil.
Production of Wheel / पहिये का उत्पादन
RWP is declared as a Production Unit of Indian Railways w.e.f 01.08.2014. First product BOX-N wheel first lot dispatched on dated 07.02.2013.Casting of BGC wheels started from 02.09.2016, and first lot of BGC wheel dispatched on 21.10.2016 to Harnaut workshop. Production of third product BLC wheels started from 03.07.2023 and first lot of BLC wheels dispatched on dated 25.07.2023 to GOC.Production of fourth product EMU wheels started from 14.11.2023 and first lot of EMU wheels dispatched on dated 11.12.2023 to HLR.