GE setting up Diesel Loco maintenance unit in UP

Roza, UP: General Electric (GE) is setting up a locomotive maintenance unit at Roza in Shahjahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

The unit, technically termed as ‘maintenance shed’, is one of the two such units planned in India to service GE’s upcoming diesel locomotive factory being built at Marhaura in Saran, near Patna, Bihar.

The Roza unit with a covered area of roughly 2 lakh sq ft, is projected to be completed by next year. The other maintenance unit is coming up in Gujarat, GE Transportation & Aviation (South Asia) President & Chief Executive Nalin Jain told.

GE is investing about Rs 1,200 crore in the entire project comprising the Bihar mother plant and two maintenance units in UP and Gujarat.

Besides, GE is sourcing some critical components, such as motor and generator, to be used in the diesel locomotive from private companies based in UP, he added.

The US giant has also promised for 70% localisation in the manufacture of the locomotives to be delivered to the Indian Railways, which holds 26% equity in the joint venture (JV) with GE.

Last year, GE was awarded the order by Indian Railways to develop and supply 1,000 fuel-efficient ‘Evolution Series’ locomotives with 4-stroke tier-I engine over the next 10 years.

While, the first 50 locomotives, to be primarily used for freight, are likely to be built at GE’s existing plant in the US, the rest of the units would be built at its upcoming Bihar factory.

“The R&D work on the locomotive is underway at Bangalore and is likely to be over by the end of December,” Jain informed.

He was in town for the second edition of ‘InnoRail India 2016’ exhibition being organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO), Ministry of Railways and supported by Lucknow Rail Metro Corporation (LMRC) with Japan as partner country.