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Make in India: Alstom plans to make 800 ‘super high-power’ locomotives in India

French conglomerate Alstom is planning to manufacture 800 “super high-power” locomotives for Indian Railways over a decade to Endorse PM Narendra Modi’s Make In India vision. The Managing Director of Alstom for India and South Asia Bharat Salhotra said in an interview that the company was also planning to export rail solutions from India to Australia, Central Asia, and SouthEast Asia.

Alstom, a world leader in rail transport business, has decided manufacture 800 electric locomotives at a factory in Madhepura in Bihar.

“The factory will produce 800 locomotives of 12,000 horsepower each. The first phase of the factory should get over in September and the first locomotive will roll out from that plant in February 2018,” Salhotra told IANS.

He also said that 85 % of the supply chain for 800 electric locomotives would be based in India.

“Eight hundred locomotives would be made in India. We would be importing some initial parts. But then we would subsequently move it to the plant in Madhepura.” To achieve that, he said-
“Local competency would be developed in India at supplier end through a partnership with France.”

“Combining French technology and expertise with Indian talent and entrepreneurship would help us make rapid strides.”- He said.

“Four years ago, we started with 30 per cent (of the supply chain) coming from India and 70 percent coming from elsewhere. Now it is the other way around. Our strategy is to develop our Indian footprint, first to deliver projects for India. Today we have 1,000 plus engineers in signaling who are booking almost 1.5 million hours a year, partly for India and partly for various projects across the world. On the rolling stock front, we are designing trains in India for other countries. For example, we are going to export trains from India to Australia,” Salhotra said. He added that Alstom would invest and expand its existing factories “depending on as-needed basis”.

“And not to forget we have the new Madhepura plant coming up. Once we have fulfilled the obligation of the Indian Railways for delivering the 800 locomotives, we can use that resource for various other projects,” he added. In India, the French conglomerate started with Chennai Metro where it is providing 42 trains of four cars each.

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