In what seems like a perfect part of the Make in India campaign by the Government of India, a consignment of six metro coaches made in Baroda, India, was shipped to Australia from Mumbai Port on January 29, 2016.
“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 said.
With an aim to turn the country into a global manufacturing destination, a total of 450 metro coaches are to be made in India to be exported to Australia over a period of two-and-a-half year.
Measuring 75 feet long and weighing 46 tonnes each, the metro coaches are the first of its kind, India has ever exported.
“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.
Ever since the launch of ‘Make in India’ campaign, the metro coaches have also become the first of its kind export that India is doing.
India will also be exporting 521 bogie frames to Brazil for Sao Paulo monorail.
Three new Metro coach manufacturing units were established in India in 2015. Also, as per the reports, there will be a demand of 2000 metro trains in India in the coming 5 years, which will prove to be a boon for India’s manufacturing sector.