Powerful electric locomotive expected to be a game-changer in Indian Railways


Indian Railways may terminate the contract signed with French Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom SA due to non-fulfillment of the contract terms and failure to meet deadlines of the project delivery. Alstom has to supply a total of 35 electric locomotives to the Indian Railways in the current financial year, but the company has not been able to supply any locomotives yet.

“Alstom hasn’t been able to supply any engines yet, with the locomotives having failed multiple trial runs. Prima facie, if a design condition is not met and a period (specified for delivery) expires, contract cancellation becomes the automatic route”, said a senior railway official.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Railways, the electric locomotive has undergone a substantial change as suggested by the RDSO and a subsequent inspection was carried at the Madhepura unit and cleared for dispatch from factory.

After the test and trial runs of the electronic locomotive, Alstom will accelerate the delivery schedule and supply 10 locomotives in FY 2019-20,90 locomotives in FY 2020-21 and 100 locomotives per year beyond March 2021 as per the recovery plan.

The new powerful electric locomotive is expected to be a game-changer for the movement of freight by Indian Railways. The locomotive will have the capacity to haul around 6000T trains at a maximum speed of 100kmph. The locomotive will be used in the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) for the faster movement of goods, especially coal and iron ore.

In the month of July, the Railway Minister had stated that all broad gauge routes across Indian Railways’ network will be electrified in mission mode. Goyal had said that around 1.27 per cent of the total electricity consumption of the country is consumed by Indian Railways and also revealed that the national transporter requires 3 per cent of High-Speed Diesel (HSD) oil for its energy requirements.


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