Government ships Indian made metro coaches to Australia
The Indian government,led by Narendra Modi, on Friday said maiden consignment of six metro coaches made in India were shipped to Australia from Mumbai port. “The maiden consignment of six metro coaches built in Baroda for export to the Australian government were shipped from Mumbai Port,” a statement from Ministry of Shipping said.
This is the first shipment of the planned 450 coaches that will be exported to Australia over two-and-a-half year period.
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. The metro coaches, built for the Australian government, was the first of its kind India has ever exported. The coaches, which measure 75 feet in length and weigh 46 tonnes each, were loaded in house by the Mumbai Port Trust. Over the next two-and-a-half years, a total of 450 ‘Made in India’ metro coaches will be exported to Australia.
Some of the facts about indigenous railway wagons that will make every Indian proud:
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ 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.
■ India will be exporting 521 bogie frames to Brazil for Sao Paulo monorail.
■ 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.
■ 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