Alstom will supply ten electric locomotives to Indian Railways in FY 2019-20. Alstom has delivered prototype locomotive in March 2018. Based on the test results, Alstom has redesigned the complete locomotive including bogies. The new design of locomotive has been inspected by RDSO at Madhepura factory and cleared for dispatch from factory.
- After test and trials Alstom will accelerate the delivery schedule and supply 10 locomotives in FY 2019-20 and 90 locomotives in FY 2020-21 and 100 locomotives per year beyond March 2021 as per their recovery plan.
- This is the first time such High Horse Power locomotive is being tested on Broad Gauge network in the World by any Railways.
- Indian Railways has entered into Procurement cum Maintenance Agreement with Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL), a joint venture of Indian Railways and M/s Alstom.
- As part of largest Foreign Direct Investment project of Indian Railways, Ministry of Railways and Alstom came together in 2015 to transform the heavy freight transportation landscape of the country.
- A landmark agreement worth 3.5 billion Euro was signed to manufacture 800 electric locomotives for freight service and its associated maintenance.
- As part of the project, factory along with township has been set up in Madhepura, Bihar with capacity to manufacture 120 locomotives per year.
- The project will create more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country.
- More than Rs 2000 Crores invested in the project already by the company.
- One Maintenance Depot already established in Saharanpur and work starting on the second Depot at Nagpur.
- More than 300 Engineers from India and France are working in Bangalore, Madhepura and France on the Project.
- The first loco has been assembled in Madhepura factory and in two years time, more than 90% parts will be manufactured in India.