Marhowra diesel locomotive factory that the Railways was considering to exit or wind up will now have a future as the Bihar government has decided to discuss this issue with the Centre with the plea that “diesel engines will still be in high demand”. The Marhowra diesel locomotive factory was set up in Saran, Bihar in partnership with GE. Bihar chief Minister Nitish Kumar while talking about it said, “We will discuss the matter with the Union Railway Minister. I believe high-capacity diesel engines will still be in high demand, and total electrification of railway engines will take some time. If efficient diesel engines are produced, they will have demand worldwide,” as quoted by Indian Express.
The project was at an advanced stage and there should be no change in the near future, according to a source quoted in the report. He added, “The CM will discuss all the points threadbare, taking into account technical and practical considerations of the Marhowra project.” A senior JDU leader while interacting with the media said, “Closure of the project will have political ramifications. The RJD will get a political plank against the NDA. Even though it could be technically tenable to switch from diesel to electricity engine manufacturing after a few years, winding it up will not be a good step.”
Manoj Kumar Jha, the spokesperson of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) while talking about the project said that “While taking a decision on Marhowra, the government must consider that it was supposed to change the employment scenario. Hundred per cent electrification in the near future appears to be as elusive as the ‘achhe din’,” he said.