Banaras Locomotive Works, Varanasi, has surpassed its own record of manufacturing 31 electric locomotives in a month, achieved in July 2020 with the turnout of the 40th 6,000 HP electric locomotive for the month of November 2020. This event is a historic record, achieved on the auspicious day of Dev Deepawali. This boost in manufacturing is a big contribution to AtmaNirbhar Bharat.
Despite COVID challenges, BLW has completely realigned its infrastructure to switchover from making diesel locomotives to electric locomotives.
The shift of the production line from Diesel to Electric Locomotives, at BLW, is in line with Ministry of Railways’ multi-pronged strategy of lowering the fuel bill, reducing carbon footprint, reducing dependence on import of fuel and enhancing average speed and hauling capacity of trains.
Electric locomotive production is sourced from 98% indigenous components – substantial share is procured from Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs)
BLW is also working on a prestigious export order of 3000 HP cape gauge diesel locomotives to Mozambique. This has been put on a fast track. Under this order, for the first time 12 Cylinder Crankcase is being manufactured in BLW.