Indian Railways Spend $2,6 bn To Buy 1000 New Trains

Indian Railways Spend $2,6 bn To Buy 1000 New Trains: The Indian government has awarded a $2.6bn contract to General Electric to develop and supply Indian Railways with 1,000 diesel locomotives over 11 years. GE will spend $200m to build a factory and maintenance sheds in the country, in what is being touted as the company’s largest deal in its 100-year history in India.

“It is a major advancement and milestone for India and for GE, a symbol of our commitment and support of the ‘Make in India’ initiative,” GE chairman and chief executive Jeff Immelt said in a statement.

The “Make in India” initiative is one of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s flagship policies, aimed at seeking larger amounts of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country to spur growth in domestic manufacturing.

India’s vast but crumbling railway network has received special attention under Modi’s government, with railways minister Suresh Prabhu pledging to spend around $137bn to modernise it over the next five years. As a part of this effort, the Indian government last year also allowed 100% foreign direct investment in the railway sector.

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