Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the India’s first all-electric high-speed locomotive from Bihar.
The super power engine which was developed in collaboration with French firm Alstom at Madhepura’s Electric Locomotive Factory – through video link.
Addressing the public, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the factory was important for two reasons. ‘Firstly, this is a good example of Make in India, and secondly, it is also becoming a major medium of employment in this area,’ he said.
He also added that the project, he said, was approved in 2007, but got stalled for the next 8 years. He said, ‘Three years ago, the NDA government started work on it and now has completed the first phase. The train is the first big Make in India project completed by Alstom’
Under the agreement with Alstom, 800 such trains will be made over the next 11 years, at a cost of Rs. 20,000 crore. The high-speed freight locomotive, with a 12,000 horsepower engine, will have a maximum speed of 120 km per hour.