WR’s Mahalaxmi Workshop becomes first workshop to roll out ‘User Depot Module’ system over Indian Railways

Western Railway is continuously striving to promote digitalization to transform India into a digitally empowered society and is taking every possible step to accomplish the digitalization mission of Indian Railways. In continuation to this endeavour, Shri P. C. Sharma – Member (Traction & Rolling Stock) launched the User Depot Module (UDM) of material transactions, which was rolled out digitally from W. Rly’s Mahalaxmi Workshop o­n 28th September, 2020. 

  • This achievement has been made possible due to the inspiring leadership & valuable support of Shri Alok Kansal – General Manager of Western Railway. 
  • The idea and need of digitalization of storekeeping at user end was first evolved at Western Railway under the dynamic guidance of GM Shri Kansal & Principal Chief Materials Manager Shri Jyoti Prakash Pandey during the Covid period as opportunities for improvements.
  • According to a press release issued by Shri Sumit Thakur- Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Rly, the User Depot Module was launched for the first time over W. Rly’s Mahalaxmi Workshop. 
  • There are around 450 user depot consignees which will be o­n-boarded with User Depot Module by December 2020 o­n Western Railway. 
  • Thereafter, the system will be implemented shortly across all Zones of Indian Railways. 
  • Shri Thakur informed that Railways’ supply chain up to Stores Depots has already been digitized however activities at user end are being done manually.
  • Implementation of this system will bring in transformational changes from manual working to digital working with real time transactions and o­nline information exchange among all stakeholders. 
  • This will ensure digitalization of the complete supply chain, including user depots. 
  • The system will facilitate economy, efficiency and transparency besides improved asset management. 
  • It will also ensure improved service level and satisfaction to customers.
  • Shri Thakur further stated that Railway Board had nominated Western Railway for undertaking the trials of this system. 
  • It is worth mentioning that this system was suggested by W. Rly as a tool for saving in Expenditure along with o­nline dynamic AAC reviews for every stock & non – stock items. 
  • This module has been developed in collaboration with Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS). 
  • It is pertinent to mention here that Mahalaxmi Workshop was the first Workshop to be declared as “Zero Scrap Workshop” over entire Indian Railways in July 2019.
  • Now, it has added another feather to its cap, by being the first workshop over Indian Railway to implement UDM.

Source: Western Railway-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): North Central Railway

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