Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday flagged off what the Railways call the world’s first electric locomotive converted from a diesel locomotive, at Diesel Loco Works, in Varanasi. Modi unveiled the heavy-duty 10000-horsepower which has been made by joining two of the WAGC3 locos for freight operations.
The 2612 horsepower WDG3A diesel loco was converted into a 5000 horsepower electric loco to assume the new class called WAGC3 at a cost of Rs 3.79 crore. The project was sanctioned at the end of 2017 when Railways took the decision to go for 100% electric traction. Railways ministry has given sanction to convert 108 locos in one year.
Apart from flagging off world’s first electric locomotive, Modi also inaugurated several development projects in Varanasi.