Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 27
India and Bangladesh have additional strengthened their communication ties with the switch of 10 diesel locomotives. Indian Railways has despatched WDM3D locomotives which had been particularly requested by the Bangladesh facet after an inspection.
Based on know-how by General Motors, the Railways had modified the engines to Indian circumstances and had even altered the microprocessor that had given teething troubles.
These engines, manufactured at Varanasi, are already doing obligation on new traces laid in northern Sri Lanka as a part of Colombo’s efforts to convey growth to the area after the tip of the civil battle with LTTE.
The WDM3D has additionally been exported to Myanmar.
Indian Railways first started exporting locomotives to Bangladesh in 1996 and since then it has provided an estimated 50 locomotives of various gauges and variations.
More necessary, the export of diesel locos will open up an avenue for India which has a top quality of experience on this space however is petering out their manufacturing as it’s shifting to way more highly effective diesel locos and electrical traction.
On the opposite hand the visitors load in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and even Pakistan will not be excessive sufficient to justify enormous capital funding within the electrification of tracks. Hence, such locos with mid-range horse energy are perfect for these nations whereas India has an enormous manufacturing base and immense expertise of their maintenance. India produced about 600 diesel engines of this make, of which about 500 are nonetheless in operation.
In line with this considering, sources within the Ministry of External Affairs mentioned Indian Railways is eager to accomplice with Bangladesh Railways for the availability and upkeep of all kinds of rolling inventory. These locos may even allow interchange with Indian Railways.