Documentary On India's First Electric Locomotive To Be Out Next Month

Madhepura chugged its way into limelight when former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav chose it as the location for the country's first electric locomotive factory, a joint venture of French manufacturing firm Alstom and Indian Railways.

A 15-minute documentary chronicling the life of India's first electric locomotive and its impact on the lives of people in this backward district of Bihar will be out next month.

Madhepura chugged its way into limelight when former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav chose it as the location for the country's first electric locomotive factory, a joint venture of French manufacturing firm Alstom and Indian Railways.

The high-power electric locomotive was today rolled out from the railway factory here, over 10 years after the project was approved.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 12,000-horsepower freight electric locomotive assembled at the Madhepura factory.

He said the Madhepura factory was important for two reasons--"Firstly, this is a glowing example of 'Make in India' and second, this factory is becoming a medium of generating employment in this area".

Talking about the project, Alain Spohr, Managing Director, India and South Asia, Alstom noted, “Our key focus is developing skills, capability and giving employment. We are partnering with schools and colleges. Eventually, we plan to employ around 5,000 locals in the plant over the years".

The French firm has plans to adopt a Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here to provide skill development to 840 students over the next 10 years. Of these, 300 students will be absorbed by Alstom for apprenticeship programmes within the facility.

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