Australia has imported six metro train coaches from Mumbai Port, India.
The Government of India confirmed, sending a consignment of “Made in India” metro train coaches to Australia on Friday. The consignment of six coaches has been built in Baroda along with a promise to export around 450 similar coaches to Australia over the next two and a half years.
“The maiden consignment of six metro coaches built in Baroda for export to the Australian government were shipped from Mumbai Port,” a statement from Ministry of Shipping confirmed. It added that Mumbai Port “holds supremacy” in managing export of oversized cargo.
The size of each coach is 75 feet long and 46 tonnes in weight which demanded for a more superior and specialised loading process. “The entire stevedoring operation (loading into ship) of these prestigious oversized 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 claimed.
According to The Better India, the export is the first of its kind since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “Make in India” campaign. Modi government’s initiative to engage foreign investments in Indian railway infrastructure projects compelled Canada’s transportation ace Bombardier Transportation to help manufacture the best metro coaches in India, according to June 2015 reports.
According to the Economic Times, the Queensland authorities gave the Canadian transport company an order in 2015 to manufacture rail coaches in India for Australia. The order was worth US$4.1 billion (AU$5.8 billion) and Bombardier’s share at approximately US$2.7 billion (AU$3.9 billion) with a promise of manufacturing and supplying 75 new six-car trains to be manufactured in Gujarat.
Bombardier decided the coach model based on the Adelaide Electrical Multiple Units (EMU) train design. According to the transportation giant, the new trains to be manufactured for Australia will have improved accommodation capacity and better security and passenger flow.
The Mumbai Port from where the consignment was exported has also taken up the assignment of constructing a passenger jetty at Kanhoji Angre Island in India with an aim to develop it as one of the tourist attractions with a lighthouse.