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PM flags off Alstom made electric locomotive in Madhepura, Bihar


Agencies, New Delhi/Madhepura Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated the ‘Make in India’ Madhepura Electric Locomotive Facility to the nation and remotely flagged off an all-electric locomotive from the Bihar district. Manufactured in India, under a Joint Venture between French major Alstom (76%) and Indian Railways (24%), this electric locomotive project marks a transformational step change for rail freight movement in the country. Each ‘WAG12’ double section locomotive is capable of hauling 6,000 tonnes, at a maximum speed of 120 km/h, with 12,000 horsepower - allowing faster and safer movement of heavier freight trains. The electric locomotives will eventually move to the testing and maintenance depot at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh before being introduced to the mainline network as part of the freight fleet. This electric locomotive was completed, on schedule, in February 2018, while the second loco will roll out next year. Commenting on the grand feat, Alstom Managing Director (India & South Asia) Mr Alain Spohr said the firm is proud to partner with the Indian Railways on this transformational journey towards a sustainable future in mobility in the country. This facility, Mr Spohr added, will also pave the way for industrial development in Bihar and will act as a gateway of opportunities for the region. In Madhepura, the company is working towards developing an ecosystem to enable local manufacturers to set up production units in and around the area. Alstom’s active and targeted community action programme at Madhepura, focusing on skill development and education, will further prepare more than 5,000 young minds for gainful employment. The company also plans to adopt a local ITI to provide skill development to 840 students over the next 10 years. Of these, 300 students will be absorbed by Alstom for apprenticeship programmes within the facility.

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