Union Minister for Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurated India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake – 61 BOBRNALHSM1 at Bhubaneswar Railway Station on Sunday. This is in line with the Make in India program as it has been fully designed and developed indigenously in collaboration with HINDALCO, RDSO, and Besco Wagon. The Ministry of Railways said that it will serve a longer life than steel rakes.
While praising the rake the Union Minister tweeted, “India’s first aluminum freight rake #AatmanirbharBharat- single rake in its lifetime saves over 14,500 tonnes of CO2, 85% recyclable, 180 ton extra carrying capacity, lighter weight, lower maintenance, and longer life.”
Also, Iron industry consumes a lot of Nickel and Cadmium. These two metals come from import. So, the proliferation of Aluminum wagons will result in less import. At the same time, this is good for the local aluminium industry.