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LAST MONTH, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi agged o In­dia’s rst 100 per cent elec­tric high-speed train from Mad­hep­ura, Bi­har. It is part of the rst iconic Make In In­dia project and is the rst FDI project of this mag­ni­tude for In­dia’s rail­way sec­tor.

e to­tal cost for the project is €3.5 bil­lion.

Each of the 12,000 horse­power lo­co­mo­tives is built to pull 6,000 tonnes at a max­i­mum speed of 120 kmph – twice the ex­ist­ing max­i­mum ca­pac­ity and speed of In­dian Rail­ways. ey’re de­signed to func­tion us­ing eco-friendly LED light­ing and low volt­age ca­bles for re­duced car­bon foot­print, as well as bring down In­dian Rail­ways’ op­er­at­ing costs.

In Novem­ber 2015, In­dian Rail­ways signed a con­tract with French com­pany Al­stom to man­u­fac­ture and de­liver 800 such trains over the next 11 years. Dur­ing this decade-long pe­riod, Al­stom will also be in­volved in the main­te­nance of the lo­co­mo­tives.

To fa­cil­i­tate this, a man­u­fac­tur­ing plant at Mad­hep­ura in Bi­har and two main­te­nance de­pots at Sa­ha­ran­pur in Ut­tar Pradesh and Nag­pur in Ma­ha­rash­tra states are set-up.

Henri-Poupart La­farge, chair­man and CEO at Al­stom said: “is project stands as a shin­ing ex­am­ple of Al­stom’s com­mit­ment to Make In In­dia. Apart from cre­at­ing thou­sands of jobs di­rectly and in­di­rectly, we have cre­ated a strong lo­calised sup­ply chain for this project, with 90 per cent of the com­po­nents sourced lo­cally.”

As per the con­tract, parts of the rst ve trains are man­u­fac­tured at Al­stom’s fac­to­ries in France and as­sem­bled here in In­dia. e re­main­ing 795 trains will be man­u­fac­tured lo­cally in In­dia, in step with the govern­ment’s Make In In­dia cam­paign. Of these, 35 trains will be de­liv­ered in 2020, 60 in 2021 and therea er 100 per year un­til the or­der of all 800 trains is com­plete. al­

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