The first diesel locomotive built by US conglomerate General Electric (GE) for Indian Railways as part of the Marhowrah locomotive factory deal arrived at Gujarat’s Mundra port Tuesday.
The company on Wednesday termed it a “milestone” and “testament to strong partnership with Indian Railways”, almost a month after reports surfaced that the Indian Railways was exploring ways to exit the $2.5 billion Marhowra factory deal. The government, including Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had told the media last month that the project was in fact on track and had no possibility of a closure.
The Indian Express on September 18 had reported that the Railway ministry had official begun a rethink on the Marhowrah diesel factory project owing to its new policy of near-total electrification of tracks. The locomotive was designed at the John F Welch Technology Center in Bengaluru.