PM Narendra Modi in Bihar: Three rail projects flagged off
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday flagged off a train between Katihar and Old Delhi, dedicated to the nation a loco factory in Madhepura, and also laid the foundation of a track-doubling project in Bihar. The Prime Minister was here to attend an event to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagrah with an aim to spread the message of Swachh Bharat.
PM Modi flags off Champaran Humsafar Express
PM Modi laid the foundation stone of a project for doubling of Muzzafarpur-Sagauli (100.6 km) and Sagauli-Valmikinagar sections (109.7 km), flagged off the first run of the Champaran Humsafar Express between Katihar and Old Delhi and the first 1200 hp freight electric locomotive assembled at the Madhepura factory. He also dedicated the first phase of the factory to the nation.
Project being built at a cost of Rs. 2,401 crore
Approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in February 2018, the two sections, Muzzafarpur-Sagauli and Sagauli-Valmikinagar are being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,401 crore and will cover districts of Muzaffarnagar, East Champaran, and West Champaran.
Madhepura factory has capacity to manufacture 110 locos per annum
The Champaran Humsafar Express will facilitate faster, safer and comfortable journey experience to the common man of North Bihar. The train will run bi-weekly Tuesdays and Fridays covering a distance of 1,383 km, according to an official statement. The loco factory in Madhepura, a joint venture between Indian Railways and French manufacturing firm Alstom, has a capacity to manufacture 110 locos per annum.
Indian Railways targets to manufacture 800 locos
The railways have set a target of manufacturing 800 locos (five assembled and 795 manufactured) over a period of 11 years.