Patna, April 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday flagged off India’ first 12,000 Horsepower (HP) capacity engine which can pull along 6,000 tonne weight with speed of 120 km/hr. The country’s first all-electric high speed locomotive was made with the help of joint venture between French company Alstom and Make-In-India Project at Madhepura Rail Loco factory in Bihar.
With the launch, India has joined the list of countries that include Russia, China, Germany and Sweden, where 12,000 horsepower and above capacity locomotives are operational. The heavy-haulage engines will improve the speed and carrying capacity of freight trains.
The total expenditure on the project came to over Rs 1,300 crore, for setting up the factory at Madhepura and two loco maintenance depots at Nagpur (Maharashtra) and Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh). 800 locomotives will be built by Alstom, the French company in the next 11 years, and the average cost of each locomotive is estimated to be around Rs 25 crore.
“This technologically advanced engine has been made keeping in mind local Indian conditions. It can withstand searing heat and extreme cold weather as well,” Sachin Goel, Managing Director of the factory told News18. He added that LED lights and regenerative power technology had been used to ensure 87 per cent energy efficiency. Read Also