'GE's new locomotives a paradigm shift in Rlys' diesel family'
New Delhi: Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani on Thursday said the delivery of two 4,500 HP diesel-electric evolution series locomotives manufactured by GE is "a paradigm shift in diesel locomotive family".
While speaking at a ceremonial induction of state-of-the-art high horsepower (HHP) locomotives in Lucknow, Lohani said, "Today marks a paradigm shift in diesel locomotive family. The localisation aspect of this locomotive will eventually go upto 70 per cent making it a
perfect example of Make in India."
The two locomotives were delivered to Indian Railways in the presence of Lohani. The two new locomotives are part of the dollar 2.5 billion contract that the General Electric (GE) won in November 2015 to supply 1,000 diesel locomotives to the Indian Railways.
According to the agreement, GE is to build a manufacturing facility in Bihar, and two maintenance sheds elsewhere in the country, to service the locomotives over 11 years.
Beside delivering two locomotives, the GE also unveiled the state-of-the-art Roza Maintenance Shed in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district.
Both the HHP prototypes locomotives were designed in India under the Make in India initiative and manufactured under the Public-Private partnership through a MoU with GE. The total investment amount is Rs 13,000 crore and as per the agreement Railways has 26 per cent stake.
The first GE-manufactured diesel locomotive no 49001 for Railways was shipped from the USA that landed in the
country on October 11, 2017, which was put to extensive trials.
The GE locomotives are of the four-stroke engine, 12 cylinders, 6 traction motors, AC dual cab locomotive.