The Union Minister of Railways, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal on March 10 flagged off 3000 HP Cape Gauge Locomotive indigenously developed by Banaras Locomotive Works, Varanasi via video conferencing along with Minister of Transport and Communications, Government of Mozambique, Shri Janfar Abdulai, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey and other dignitaries who were present at the event site.
The export of locomotives to Mozambique shall boost the Indo-African relationship and pilot the economic empowerment through export. Indian Railways is exporting first batch of 2 locomotives as part of total order of 6 locomotives of 3000 HP cape gauge locomotive and 90 stainless steel passenger coaches to Mozambique. These locomotives are developed indigenously by Banaras Locomotive Works under Make-in-India, they are being exported through Indian Railways’ PSU, Rites Limited. In spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat, these Cape Gauge Diesel Locos have been designed in India, Made in India and financed by India.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Shri Piyush Goyal said that under the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji’s visionary leadership & his commitment to further strengthen African-Indian relations, we will work as Mozambique’s trusted partner. With significant innovation, re-modelling & upgradation, Indian Railways wishes to become the preferred supplier for Mozambique & countries around the world for all their requirements. We are willing to support further development of rail network in Mozambique. By 2030, we plan to become a net-zero Railway & power our entire electricity requirements by renewable energy. We will be the first large railway in the world to become 100% electric traction driven.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said good quality products manufactured by Indian Railways symbolises the mantra of Aatmanirbhar Bharat given by Hon’ble Prime Minister. Indigenously developed locomotives by BLW are an epitome of skilled workforce. Our vision is to make India a skill capital.