Diesel Electric Locomotives Current Affairs
Indian Railways has formally handed over eighteen 1350 HP AC/DC diesel electric locomotives to Myanma Railways. It was the first project completed in current Indian Line of Credit (LoC).
India and Myanmar have been long enjoying cooperation in Railway sector over the last two decades. Moreover, Indian Railways is playing a pivotal role in developing cordial relations with the neighboring countries.
The 18 locomotives were supplied by RITES, a PSU of Ministry of Railways and manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. They are fitted with micro-processor control based system. They are extremely fuel efficient are equipped with latest features. They maximum speed of 100 kmph and have been customised for Myanma Railways.
Most of these supplies were carried out under Indian LoC. As per agreement singed between both countries, all locomotives were to be delivered by September 2018. They have been delivered six months ahead of the schedule.
RITES is PSE under Ministry of Railways. It is export arm of railways undertaking various projects worldwide. It is engaged in supply of Railway rolling stock vz. locomotives, wagons, coaches, permanent way maintenance vehicles, maintenance of railway infrastructure, technical studies, training of railway officials of other countries.