Madhepura, April 10th, 2018: Today Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi dedicated the ‘Make in India’ Madhepura Electric Locomotive Facility to the nation and remotely flagged off the country’s first all-electric locomotive from Madhepura in Bihar. Manufactured in India, under a landmark Joint Venture between Alstom (76%) and Indian Railways (24%), this electric locomotive project marks a transformational step change for rail freight movement in India as well as the region of Madhepura.
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Each ‘WAG12’ double section locomotive, part of Alstom’s Prima locomotives family, is capable of hauling 6,000 tonnes, at a maximum speed of 120 km/h, thanks to its 12,000 Horsepower – allowing faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains across the country. The electric locomotives will eventually move to the testing and maintenance depot at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh before being introduced to the mainline network as part of the freight fleet. This electric locomotive was completed, on schedule, in February 2018, while the second loco will roll out in 2019.
Mr. Alain Spohr, Managing Director, India & South Asia, Alstom said, “It is a matter of great pride and privilege for Alstom to have Hon’ble Prime Minister of India flagging off our first complete electric locomotive and dedicating the Madhepura facility to the nation. There can be no stronger endorsement of our efforts towards ‘Make in India’ and skilling initiatives in the country. Alstom is proud to partner with the Indian Railways on this transformational journey towards a sustainable future in mobility in the country.”
He further added, “We are confident that this facility will also pave the way for the industrial development in Bihar and will act as a gateway of opportunities for the region.”
In Madhepura, the company is working towards developing an ecosystem to enable local manufacturers to set up manufacturing units in and around the area. Alstom’s active and targeted community action programme at Madhepura focusing on skill development and education will further prepare more than 5000 young minds for gainful employment. The company will adopt a local ITI to provide skill development to 840 students over the next 10 years. Of these, 300 students will be absorbed by Alstom for apprenticeship programmes within the facility. This will work in tandem with focused scholarship programmes for meritorious students in schools in the area to develop children from an early age as well.
Other initiatives for supporting the local communities include healthcare interventions by the company like mobile medical units in the area with doctors on board, health and wellness awareness camps, free medication distribution and special services for women and children.
As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the transport sector. Alstom offers a complete range of solutions (from high-speed trains to metros, tramways and e-buses), passenger solutions, customised services (maintenance, modernisation), infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated transport systems. The company recorded sales of €7.3 billion and booked €10.0 billion of orders in the 2016/17 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 32,800 people. www.alstom.com
About Alstom in India
Alstom has established a strong presence in India. Currently, the company is executing metro projects in several Indian cities including Chennai, Kochi and Lucknow where it is supplying Rolling Stock manufactured out of its state of the art facility at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. In the Mainline space, Alstom is executing Signaling & Power Supply Systems for the 343 Km. section on World Bank funded Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. Phase 1 in the construction of the new electric locomotive factory for manufacturing and supply of 800 units of high horse power locomotives at Madhepura in Bihar is complete while the depot at Saharanpur is also ready to commence production. Alstom has set up an Engineering Centre of Excellence in Bangalore, and this coupled with a strong manufacturing base as well as localized supply chains, is uniquely positioned to serve customers across the globe.
Today, Alstom in India employs close to 3600 people and in line with Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ policy initiative, Alstom has been investing heavily in the country in producing world class rolling stock, components, design, research and development to not only serve the domestic market, but also rest of the world. www.alstom.com/ India
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