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Indian Railways operationalises electric locomotive

The Indian Railways has operationalised its first 12,000 hp electric locomotive built by French company Alstom under the government’s Make in India programme. Back in 2015, Alstom bagged a Rs. 25,000 crore order for supplying 800 high-power electric locomotives. This is one of the largest instances of public-private partnership in the country so far and remains the largest Foreign Direct Investment in the railways sector.

With this, India became the sixth country in the world to join the fleet of countries manufacturing high horsepower locomotive indigenously, according to the railway ministry. “The project will create more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country. More than Rs 2000 Crores has already been invested in the project by the company,”  it stated.

Produced at the Railways’ Madhepura factory in Bihar, the locomotive made its maiden commercial journey between Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Station to Shivpur on Monday. It will facilitate faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains capable to haul around 6000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 kmph. These e-locos will be deployed for operations on Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs).