India allays concerns, says work on GE's locomotive factory on track

Reuters New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 28, 2017, 07.34 AM(IST)

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US firm General Electric's plan to build a diesel locomotive factory in eastern India is on track, the railway minister said on Thursday, seeking to allay concerns that the state-controlled network was making changes to the contract.

Piyush Goyal's comments came after GE said this week that the Indian government's "Make in India" initiative would be undermined if the railway ministry went ahead with changes to a joint venture with the conglomerate.

GE had won a $2.6 billion contract in 2015 to supply Indian Railways with 1,000 diesel locomotives.

But the railway ministry said last week it wouldn't need diesel after all - hoping to save on fuel and maintenance costs - and suggested GE might want to make electric engines instead.