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Indian Railway Ministry to develop rail network on lines of Switzerland​

The Indian Railway Ministry has announced that it will carry out a study to develop the railway and ropeway network in the state of Uttarakhand on the lines of Switzerland.




Indian Railway Ministry to develop rail network on lines of Switzerland
The Railway Minister has instructed officials in Uttarakhand to include another railway line on the Haridwar-Raiwala section. Credit: Belle Maluf on Unsplash.

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The Indian Railway Ministry has announced that it will carry out a study to develop the railway and ropeway network in the state of Uttarakhand on the lines of Switzerland.
According to a PTI report, Union Minister Piyush Goyal also sanctioned the final location survey of Indian Railways’ Tanakpur-Bageshwar line.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat previously requested the ministry to include the Tanakpur-Bageshwar railway line in the 2019-2020 financial year.




This track is expected to boost the region’s social and economic development.
Moreover, the railway minister has instructed officials in Uttarakhand to include another railway line on the Haridwar-Raiwala section and introduce a direct train service between Rishikesh and Dehradun.

An action plan will also be developed for the commercial utilisation of the old Rishikesh railway station.
Earlier this year, the new Yog Nagri Rishikesh railway station, which has been set up under the Rishikesh-Karnprayag railway line project, commenced services.
This station features numerous modern, passenger-friendly amenities and facilities.
 

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Concor places developmental order with BHEL, Braithwaite for ‘Made in India’ containers​

Goyal pitches for Rlys’ production units to be used for making containers​

Container Corporation of India (Concor) has given developmental orders to Braithwaite & Company Limited and BHEL for 1,000 containers each. With 2,000 containers expected from these two sources, Concor is looking for sources within India to buy the remaining requirement.

Earlier Concor imported containers from China. Through global tenders earlier, Concor had discovered that the locally-made containers were pricier by about 25 per cent.

Each box costs about ₹2.5 lakh. Concor CMD V Kalyana Rama said this in a virtual press conference on Friday.

Team work​

Concor, BHEL, Braithwaite can work as a team to make India a destination for making containers, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said earlier in the day. To meet container shortage with boxes that are made in India, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had pitched if the sheds of Indian Railways’ coach factories could also be used for making containers, apart from public enterprises like Braithwaite & Company Limited and BHEL.

Usually, containers are made in China. Post Covid-19, with supply chains disrupted, there was a container shortage faced by India and many countries globally.

Concor, which needs about 8,000 containers every year for domestic use in the country, expects that demand to stay for the next five years.

“In last three years, Concor had ordered 23,000 containers,” said Rama.
Goyal also said India should look at mandating all containers within the country to be GPS enabled so that they can be tracked.

Preparation​

Later, Concor, said in a statement, “Major steel players like SAIL, Tata Steel and Jindal Steel confirmed availability of required better grade steels. Indian Manufacturing companies like BHEL, Braithwaite,...DCM Hyundai (Hindustan Vaccum), intimated that technology required to manufacture these containers was available with them.…International container inspection agencies like Lloyd Register and Indian Register of Shipping highlighted their Indian presence and intimated that they were already working with some Indian Manufacturers to ensure outturn of world class containers.”
 

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Indian Railways To Be Supplied With Hitachi ABB Transformers As Part Of $23 Million Order​

As part of the ongoing modernization of the Indian Railways, Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India has won orders worth about $23 million (around Rs 167 crore) to power electric freight locomotives.

Hitachi Power Grids in India, won the orders from the Government of India’s electric locomotive manufacturer Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) and the Central Organization for Rail Electrification (CORE).

For CLW, Hitachi ABB Power Grids will deliver traction transformers for one of Indian Railways’ most successful class of locomotives, the WAG 9, which was developed in response to strong growth in the rail freight transportation sector; for CORE, it will supply trackside transformers, the company said in a statement.

The trackside transformers reduce power voltage from the utility power network to a suitable level before feeding it to the railway catenary conductors. Traction transformers route power from the catenary for essential train functions such as traction, lighting, ventilation, braking, signaling and communication.

Indian Railways is aiming to create a future-ready railway system, bringing down logistics costs for industry and supporting the Make-in-India initiative. The government plans to achieve 100 per cent rail electrification by December 2023 and make Indian Railways a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030.

“These orders are a source of immense pride for us at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. They advance our vision of playing a pivotal role in rail electrification in India and enabling improvements in rail safety, capacity and speed,” said N Venu, Managing Director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India.

“Such partnerships will help lower our dependence on imported fossil fuel and reduce both fuel costs and carbon emissions for the Indian Railways,” he added.

Headquartered in Switzerland, Hitachi ABB Power Grids is a leading technology firm employing around 36,000 people in 90 countries.

The business serves utility, industry and infrastructure customers across the value chain, and emerging areas like sustainable mobility, smart cities, energy storage and data centers.
 

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France's Alstom to deliver 14 more high-power locomotives to Indian Railways​

French mobility major Alstom will deliver 14 high-power locomotives to the Indian Railways from its Madhepura plant by end of this month in addition to the 76 locomotives already delivered to the Indian government. The company is also exploring options to export the locomotives from India to other markets.

Madhepura Electric Locomotive Private Ltd is a joint venture between the Indian Railways and Alstom, and will supply 800 heavy haul locomotives of 12,000 horsepower capacity to the Indian Railways as per the contract signed in 2015.

Speaking exclusively to BusinessToday.In, Ling Fang, senior vice president, Alstom Asia Pacific said, "We have already delivered 76 locomotives to the Indian Railways and have successfully ramped up the capacity of the Madhepura locomotive factory. We will deliver 90 more locomotives to the Indian Railways by the end of this month". "Since the capacity ramp up of the facility has been completed, the Madhepura facility will be able to deliver 20 locomotives in month, which is almost double the earlier capacity," Fang added

Being asked whether the company would like to export the high-power locomotives manufactured in India, Ling confirmed that the company was looking forward to the opportunity. She, however, did not divulge more details on the export plans related to the Madhepura locomotives.

The Madhepura locomotive plant in Bihar set up by the JV is a greenfield unit spread across 250 acres. The unit will manufacture the first 800 locomotives for captive use of the Indian Railways.

The 12,000 HP locomotives are capable of hauling 6,000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 kmph and will be utilised on the dedicated freight corridor being developed by the Indian Railways.

The locomotives delivered earlier have already been pressed into service by the Railways on the recently inaugurated sections of the dedicated freight corridor - the 351 Km Khurja-Bhaupur section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), and 306 Km Rewai-Madar section of the Western DFC.

As per the contract, the JV will also conduct maintenance of the locomotives for a period of thirteen years.