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Alstom has announced that it has delivered the 100th electric locomotive for use with Indian Railways.
As part of the €3.5 billion contract, 800 locomotives will be built for freight services.
2020-21 saw Indian Railways transporting 1,232 million tonnes of freight, up 2%.
The first Prima T8 double-section locomotive entered service in May 2020, and the new fleet are helping deliver freight across India.
In December 2020, these locomotives made the inaugural run on the first sections of the Dedicated Freight Corridors.
Speaking on this milestone, Alain Spohr, Managing Director – Alstom India, said, “I’m pleased to mention that despite challenges posed by COVID-19, we have been able to successfully manufacture and deliver 100 e-Locos to the Indian Railways in less than a year. Due to the intricacy of the project, it is really an honour to work on a first-of-its-kind ‘Make in India’ project that resulted in a technology breakthrough for the nation. Our successful collaboration with Indian Railways is paving the way for bringing advanced innovation and technology to the Country. Alstom is committed to delivering safe, reliable, and efficient solutions for IR’s revolutionary journey towards becoming the world’s first 100% green railways”.
The locomotives are built at the manufacturing plant at Madhelpura, which spreads across 250 acres and has a capacity to see 120 locomotives built a year.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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