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Railways Minister Piyush Goyal flags off 3000 HP Cape Gauge Locomotive for export to Mozambique

  • 11, Mar 2021
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Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal today flagged off 3000 HP Cape Gauge Locomotive indigenously developed by Banaras Locomotive Works, Varanasi through video conferencing along with Minister of Transport and Communications of Mozambique Janfar Abdulai.
Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey and other dignitaries were present at the event site.
The export of locomotives to Mozambique shall boost the Indo-African relationship and pilot the economic empowerment through export.
Indian Railways is exporting first batch of 2 locomotives as part of total order of 6 locomotives of 3000 HP cape gauge locomotive and 90 stainless steel passenger coaches to Mozambique.
These locomotives are developed indigenously by Banaras Locomotive Works under Make-in-India, they are being exported through Indian Railways’ PSU, Rites Limited.
In spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat, these Cape Gauge Diesel Locos have been designed in India, Made in India and financed by India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Goyal said, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visionary leadership and his commitment to further strengthen African-Indian relations, we will work as Mozambique's trusted partner.
He said, with significant innovation, re-modelling and upgradation, Indian Railways wishes to become the preferred supplier for Mozambique and countries around the world for all their requirements.
The Minister said, India is willing to support further development of rail network in Mozambique.
He said, by 2030, Indian Railways plan to become a net-zero Railway and power the entire electricity requirements by renewable energy.
Mr Goyal said, Indian Railways will be the first large railway in the world to become 100 per cent electric traction driven.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said, good quality products manufactured by Indian Railways symbolises the mantra of Aatmanirbhar Bharat given by Prime Minister Modi.
He said, indigenously developed locomotives by BLW are an epitome of skilled workforce. He added that the vision is to make India a skill capital.
Minister of Transport and Communications of Mozambique Janfar Abdulai thanked the Government of India for the cooperation in the area of transportation.

Sources : News on AIR