Alstom announced the
completion of its first all-electric locomotive from its state-of-the-art
locomotive facility at Madhepura in the State of Bihar , on schedule. In line
with the Government’s and Indian Railways’ target towards 100% electrification
and towards sustainable mobility, these new locomotives will not only bring
down operating costs for the Railways but will significantly cut down
greenhouse gas emissions as well.
This first locomotive is part
of a €3.5 billion order (Rs 27,997 crore approx.) comprising 800 electric double-section
locomotives signed in 2015 which contributes to the Ministry of Railways’
public-private partnership programme to modernise the country’s rail
infrastructure. This agreement remains the largest Foreign Direct Investment in
the railways sector to date and has a strategic role in creating a multiplier
effect on the economy. This contract is also one of the biggest contracts in
the history of Alstom.
Thanks to its 12,000
horsepower, each double section locomotive, part of Alstom’s Prima locomotives
family, has a hauling capacity of 6,000 tonnes and speed of 120km/hr, allowing
faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains across the country, thereby
reducing congestion for passenger train services and freight. Equipped with
IGBT based propulsion technology , these locomotives will be compliant with
Indian standards of freight transport and will have the ability to endure tough
Indian climate and conditions. The locomotives were developed with the support
of 6 Alstom sites in France: Belfort for the 6 first car bodyshells, and Ornans
for the motors, Tarbes for the traction, Le Creusot for bogies, Villeurbanne
for the train control monitoring systems and Saint-Ouen for the design.
In another significant
development, Alstom announced three new contracts worth approximately €75
million - power supply contract from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd
(MMRCL), contract for new train sets from Chennai Metro Rail Corporation and
another power supply contract from Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation. This
development shows Alstom’s growing footprint in the country, in both the urban
space as well as the mainline space.
Additionally, phase 1 in the
construction of the electric locomotive facility at Madhepura and the depot at
Saharanpur is complete and work is progressing as per the contractual
timelines. To give skilling and local hiring an impetus, focused efforts
towards nurturing young minds in communities in and around Madhepura have been
initiated. With the help of local NGOs, Alstom Foundation is working to foster
better health care, education and dignified livelihood in the area.
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