Giving a push to PM Narendra Modi’s vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat, Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways has exported the second batch of ‘Made in India’ locomotive to Mozambique. These Cape Gauge Diesel Locos have been Designed in India, Made in India, and Financed by India. Recently, the Railway Minister announced that despite COVID-19 challenges, Indian Railways has exported a 3000 HP Locomotive to Mozambique, in addition to two locomotives that were exported in March 2021. Goyal, in the month of March, flagged off 3000 HP Cape Gauge loco via video conferencing, which was indigenously manufactured by Banaras Locomotive Works (BLW) in Varanasi.
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In March, the Railway Ministry had stated that the Made In Varanasi Locomotive export to Mozambique will boost the Indo-African relationship as well as pilot the economic empowerment through export. The national transporter had exported the first batch of two locomotives in March as part of a total order of six locomotives of 3000 HP cape gauge as well as 90 stainless steel passenger coaches to the African nation.
Key features of 3000 HP Cape Gauge locomotives are:
- It is capable of hauling 2255 tons at a speed of 100 km per hour at the level track and a maximum tractive effort of 400N.
- This locomotive’s driver cabin is Noise Vibration and Harshness standard-compliant having ergonomically designed seats, very good acoustics, integrated Graphic Driver Display. Also, it is provided with Heating Venting AC.
- Other facilities include an onboard water closet (toilet module), hot plate, and refrigerator.
- The locomotive has a new design cape gauge bogie with a maximum axle load of 20 tons.
- The loco’s control console has been designed as well as developed for right-hand drive.
- It has also been equipped with Computer Controlled Brake system (CCB 2.0) to ensure the highest safety standards, maintainability and reliability.
- A larger fuel tank of 6000 liters has been provided for longer operation.
- For ensuring corrosion resistance, stainless steel pipes have been used.
- These locos are cost-effective and they are at par with international standards.