Another push in Make in India campaign as the government informed that maiden consignment of six metro coaches made in Bombardier facility in Savli, Vadodara were shipped to Australian government from Mumbai port.
The production and exportation of metro coaches is a boost in “Make in India” campaign which aims at turning the country into a global manufacturing destination. The sustained indigenization initiatives of manufacturing railway wagons within India had driven India to such a landmark.
Being the first of its kind export, India creates history in the manufacturing sector. As a part of the deal, in the coming 2 and a half year 450 such commuter cars with bogies will be exported to Australia. The project costing a total of 2.7 billion USD for the Canadian firm, Bombardier Transportation will be executed in their Vadodara facility. The Savli site has been developed for the export oriented activities.
“The maiden consignment of six metro coaches built in Baroda for export to the Australian government were shipped from Mumbai Port as Mumbai Port holds supremacy in handling of over-sized precious cargo ” a statement from Ministry of Shipping said.
The coaches are 75 feet long and weigh 46 tonnes each, requiring a superior and highly specialized loading operation with a high degree of precision, it added.
“The entire stevedoring operation (loading into ship) of these prestigious over-sized metro coaches has been done in-house by Mumbai Port Trust unlike any other port in India where private operators carry out such operations,” the statement said.
Some of the facts about indigenous railway wagons that will make every Indian proud:
■ India will be exporting 521 bogie frames to Brazil for Sao Paulo monorail.
■ Recently, Delhi metro achieved the landmark of producing 90% of its wagons locally. Of the 1,234 coaches in Phase I and II, only a mere 36 were from Germany and 64 were from Korea. In the III phase, out of 846 coaches that have been ordered, only 120 are from Korea and rest are being manufactured in India.
■ Three Metro coach manufacturing units have already been established in India. While Bombardier Transportation has a unit in Savli (Gujarat), state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has a unit in Bengaluru and Alstom has established a new facility at Sricity near Chennai creating hundreds of jobs.
■ Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) recently received the first set of Made in India coaches five months ahead of schedule from the French company Alstom Transport.
■ The capital costs of Metro coaches in India are substantially lower than the rest of the world. For instance, while the capital cost of a coach is around Rs 8.94 crore in India, the cost in Vancouver is Rs 16.08 crore and in San Francisco is Rs 15.13 crore
■ In the coming 5 years there will be a demand of 2000 metro trains in India will prove to be a boon for India’s manufacturing sector.