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Jan 01 (22:20)   Architect of Train-18 retires from ICF
Entry# 4180218   News Entry# 372913         Tags   Past Edits
CHENNAI: Monday was a special day at the
(ICF). Not only was it the 500th inauguration but also the last day for
, general manager of the Indian Railways’ premier coach manufacturing unit.
Mani, the architect of India's first train-set,
is a popular railway bosses and was given a splendid farewell by the ICF team.
In a short interview with TOI , Mani said he considers Train-18 as the biggest achievement of his tenure as well as the highlight of his career, as it managed to catch the imagination of the masses in India.
"It demonstrated what we can do in india," he said of the product, which was indigenously designed and delivered within a record time of 18 months and within the cost frame of Rs 100 crores.
Mani, an art afficiando, has give Chennai a modified Rail museum which is now a hotspot for artists, sculptors as well as history lovers. Funds were pumped into the forgotten spot to make it one of the city's landmarks with a coach restaurant and an auditorium.
Mani also considers the revival of the sprawling ICF lake as one of his important achievements. The lake, an erstwhile water source for nearby localities, had turned a sewage tank. With bio-renewal, it has become a home for migratory birds during winter and a pleasant sight for the residents of
During Mani's period , ICF surged ahead to increase production by 1,000 coaches to around 3200 coaches a year. Mani says this was achieved despite reduction in manpower.
A workaholic who demanded a similar work ethic from all employees , Mani says he's looking forward to a retirement among artists in Lucknow. "I want to promote a certain unrecognised tradition of art in Lucknow. Artists are not well paid but their thought process is something very different from the mechanical minds of engineers," he said.
Mr Mani should be given extension by the Railway Ministry till the TRAIN 18 is operationalised IN THE COUNTRY

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