Six metro coaches made in the Bombardier Transportation Plant located in Savli, Vadodara, were shipped to Australia from Mumbai port on Friday. According to plan, 450 such coaches will be exported to Australia over a period of two and a half years.
Each coach is 75 feet long and weighs 46 tonnes. This is the first-of-its-kind export from India since the launch of the ‘Make in India’ campaign.
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According to a statement by Ministry of Shipping, loading these coached for export requires high degree of precision. “The entire stevedoring operation (loading into ship) of these prestigious over-sized metro coaches has been done in-house by Mumbai Port Trust unlike any other port in India where private operators carry out such operations,” the statement said.
The total value of the contract signed for the project with the Canadian firm, Bombardier Transportation, is approximately USD 4.1 billion. And Bombardier’s share is valued at approximately USD 2.7 billion. The project will be executed in the company’s Vadodara facility, which has been developed for export-oriented activities.