It was a proud moment for Indian Railways, as it became 6th country in the world to join the elite club of producing high horsepower locomotive indigenously under the ‘Make in India’ programme. The Indian Railways has inducted its first of its kind 12000 HP made in India Locomotive, manufactured by Madhepura Electric Loco Factory situated in Bihar by putting it into operation from Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Railway Junction in Uttar Pradesh to Barwadih in Jharkhand yesterday.
The loco is named WAG12 with Number 60027. The train departed from DeenDayalUpadhyaya Station at 14:08 hrs in long haul formation for Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway, consisting of 118 wagons which travelled to reach Barwadih via Dehri-on-Sone, Garhwa Road.
The locomotive is capable of working on railway tracks with conventional OHE lines as well as on Dedicated Freight corridors with high rise OHE lines. The locomotive has air-conditioned driver cabs on either side. The locomotive is equipped with a regenerative braking system which provides substantial energy savings during operations. These high horsepower locomotives will help to decongest the saturated tracks by improving the average speed of freight trains.
It is the first time, high horsepower locomotive has been operationalised on broad gauge track in the world. The Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL) is the largest integrated Green Field facility built to the highest standards of quality and safety with a production capacity of 120 locomotives and spread across a massive 250 acres.
The MELPL is slated to manufacture 800 State of the Art 12000 HP Electric Freight Locomotives in 11 years. This would not just increase the speed of freight trains but also allow faster, safer and heavier freight trains to move across the country, thus reducing the traffic congestion. It will also lead to considerable savings in energy consumption through regenerative braking.
As part of the project, factory along with township has been set up in Madhepura, Bihar with a 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 has already been invested in the project by the company.