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SOURCE:  Joydeep Ghosh / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

When I say Tank MRO and not trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, I say this bcoz that is what sound common sense application should be as it saves the governments hundreds of crores of tax payers money as well as boost defense preparedness. If you ask how and why? Common sense says it’s a bad idea to assemble various models of Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. Here are the below points:-

What does Vehicle Factory Jabalpur do?
Apart from other types of vehicles, the plant mainly assembles Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks for the armed forces that are manufactured in Ashok Leyland’s own plant, then dis-assembled into CKD/SKD kits; packaged and transported to Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh where again they are unpacked and re-assembled once again.

So what is the problem?
Problem is when Ashok Leyland itself manufactures Stallion trucks, what is the point to manufacture, dis-assemble into CKD/SKD kits, package, and transport Stallion trucks to Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. The Stallion trucks can be directly sourced from Ashok Leyland, it will save crores of taxpayers money spent to dis-assembled into kits; packaging, transporting, unpacking and re-assembling; in terms of extra transportation cost, fuel cost, man hours cost.

So what is the benefit?
Benefit is that once assembling of Stallion trucks are stopped at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh it will open up a massive space that can be put to better use like setting up a tank MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) facility.

Why Tank MRO at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur
Everyone knows that tanks be it T 72, Arjun, T 90, Vijayant for the Indian Army are manufactured at the CVRDE and Heavy Vehicles Factory Avadi, Tamil Nadu. Indian Army deploys tanks all along Pakistan border in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu Kashmir and China-Tibet border in Ladakh, Sikkim, and Aruachal Pradesh. So whats the problem? Problems are listed below:-

What if a tank breaks down in Ladakh or Sikkim?
As it is known distance between Ladakh or Sikkim and Avadi, Tamil Nadu is over 2000 km at the very least. So if a tank breaks down and cant be repaired at the spot, then it’s a nightmare situation. The tank has to hualed up trawlers and sent back by train all the way to Avadi, Tamil Nadu to get it back into running condition which may take months and not to forget crores of taxpayers money spent on it.

So what is the problem?
Problem is when a tank breaks down and cant be repaired at the spot and is sent over 2000 km to Avadi, Tamil Nadu to be repaired, it affects defense preparedness due to its longer turnaround time for a tank, not to mention availability of trains on time, not just that but also incurred are extra transportation cost, fuel cost, man hours cost.

So what is the benefit?
While manufacturing of tanks can and should continue at Avadi, Tamil Nadu, Tank MRO facility should be set up at the place where Ashok Leyland Stallion trucks are currently assembled at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. The benefits are numerous, main among them are:-

  • If tank MRO is done at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh it saves a lot of tax payers money in terms of transportation cost, fuel cost, man hours cost.
  • As tanks will have to cover less than half of the distance when going to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh as against what they have to cover now to go to Avadi, Tamil Nadu it will result in faster turnaround time for tanks.
  • Faster turnaround time for tanks means quicker redeployment in frontline areas, as travel time is cut by half.
  • Quicker redeployment of tanks in frontline areas boosts defense preparedness.
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