New Delhi, Mar 11: India will supply 18 meter gauge diesel locomotives to Myanmar to augment the loco fleet of Railways of that country.
Equipped with 1350 horse power (HP), the locos are expected to meet increasing demand for passenger and freight traffic in Myanmar.
A contract to this effect was signed last week at Naypyitaw, by SB Malik, Director Technical, RITES Ltd. (a PSU of Railways) and U Thurein Win, Managing Director, Myanmar Railways in presence of U Nyan Tun Aung, Minister of Rail Transportation, Myanmar and Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Ambassador of India to Myanmar.
The supply contract of locomotives is a vital project being funded under an existing line of credit extended to Myanmar by the government.
These locomotives will be manufactured by Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi with several modern features like microprocessor controls, fuel-efficient engine and ergonomic cab design etc.
Rajeev Mehrotra, Chairman and Managing Director said RITES is making all efforts to augment export of rolling stock manufactured at Railway Production Units. Response from South East Asian markets is very encouraging, he said.