Guwahati/ 10th April’2018 (Prag News Desk):
India’s first high-powered electric locomotive assembled in Madhepura, Bihar will be flagged off today. The Madhepura rail factory will be dedicated solely for the purpose of assembling parts of the electric locomotive for the fiscal year 2019-20.
About 35 locos will be manufactured in Madhepura factory in the next fiscal year and the other 60 will be completed in 2020-21. A total of 100 locos will be manufactured every year in this Bihar’s facility starting from 2020-21.
It is the country’s first major FDI project which is part of a joint venture between the Indian railways and French giant Alstom, signed in 2015.
The project foresees capital investment of around Rs 1,300 crore by the JV Company where the Ministry of Railways is required to contribute a maximum of Rs 100 crore as its equity (26%) participation.
As per the project, the Indian Railways is planning to roll out 800 electric train engines over the next 11 years to meet the requirement of locomotives after the electrification of almost all railway routes. Of the 800 electric locomotives, five of them will be assembled at the Madhepura facility and the remaining 795 will be manufactured under the ‘Make in India” initiative.
The speed of each locomotive is going to touch a whopping speed of 110km per hour. The electric locomotives have been brought to the country to decongest saturated routes by improving the speed and freight carrying capacity.