Prime Minister Narendra Modi To Flag Off India’s First 12,000 HP Electric Locomotive from Alstom’s Madhepura Loco Factory in Bihar Tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi To Flag Off India’s First 12,000 HP Electric Locomotive from Alstom’s Madhepura Loco Factory in Bihar Tomorrow

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Date Of Post: 09 Apr 2018

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the India’s first 12,000 HorsePower (HP) electric locomotive from the Madhepura loco factory in Bihar on April 10. The heavy-haulage loco, with a maximum speed of 110 kmph, will help decongest saturated routes by improving the speed & carrying capacity of freight trains.

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  • On April 10, Modi will also dedicate the Madhepura factory — a high-value FDI joint venture with French rolling stock giant Alstom — to the nation.
  • The Rs 20,000 crore project is expected to roll out a total of 800 high horsepower locos over a period of 11 years.
  • The total project cost includes Rs 1,300 crore for setting up the factory at Madhepura and 2 loco maintenance depots at Saharanpur (UTtar Pradesh) & Nagpur (Maharashtra), beside building 800 locos.
  • The average cost of each locomotive is estimated to be Rs 25 crore.
  • The first 5 locomotives will be imported, while the remaining 795 will be manufactured in the country under the “Make in India” programme, according to the contract agreement.
  • The rolling out of the first locomotive on April 10 will be followed by four more locos in the current fiscal.
  • Around 35 locos will be manufactured at the Madhepura facility in the next fiscal (2019-20) and 60 in 2020-21.
  • After that, the factory will every year produce 100 locos till the target of 800 is reached over 11 years.

Image Credit: Alstom India

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