Category Infrastructure

Railway locomotive factories approved in Bihar

The Ministry of Railways’ proposal for setting up two factories in Bihar, for manufacturing electric and diesel locomotives, has been approved by the Cabinet. To be set up in Madhepura and Marhowra (in the districts of Madhepura and Saran respectively) in Bihar, these factories will be a joint venture between the Ministry of Railways and an international manufacturer, who will also provide state-of-the-art railway locomotive technology.

The companies that are in the running for this joint venture project in Bihar are Alsiom (France), Bombardier (Germany) and Siemens (Germany) for the electric locomotives factory, and GE (India) and EMD (USA) for the diesel locomotives factory. The two factories will be set up with an estimated investment of about Rs 2,000 crore.

Over the next 10 yea...

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KLAUS Multiparking and Automag to manufacture mechanised parking systems near Pune

In a 50:50 joint venture project, German company KLAUS Multiparking GmbH and the Pune-based Automag Group are setting up a manufacturing facility near Pune, where they will produce mechanised parking systems.

KLAUS Multiparking has significant experience and technical expertise in manufacturing and installing multi-level car parking systems. The company has supplied its parking systems in 65 countries all over the world, which can, together, accommodate up to 500,000 cars. Now, according to Guenther Siederer, MD, KLAUS Multiparking Systems, India also needs mechanised parking systems to deal with the huge growth in the number of cars on our streets in all major cities.

Mechanized car parking systems enable optimum usage of space and ensure safety and security of cars, says Nitin B...

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Roadblocks for emerging auto-hub at Chakan Phase II

Last year, companies like Renault-Nissan and Honda Motors had given up the idea of setting up their upcoming Greenfield projects in Chakan (near Pune), and had taken their projects elsewhere. And it seems the situation remains unresolved, as the Maharashtra government has been unable to move ahead on acquiring land, which would allow the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to allocate plots of land to automakers.

Chakan already has about 1,300 hectares of land, which has been sold to companies like Bajaj, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, JCB and several auto component makers. The region, including the neighbouring Talegaon, is slated to produce 1.8 million four-wheelers per annum.

For further expansion, there is Chakan phase II, for which a 1,400 hectare tract of land wa...

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