PM Narendra Modi has flagged off the first run of the Champaran Humsafar Express between Katihar and Old Delhi and laid the foundation stone of a project for doubling of Muzzafarpur-Sagauli (100.6 km) and Sagauli-Valmikinagar sections (109.7 km). The prime minister dedicated the first phase of the factory to the nation.
Earlier, the Indian Railways had signed a pact with French company Alstom for 800 high-speed engines. Locomotive, which will have maximum speed of 110 km per hour, is estimated to cost Rs 25 crore each. According to the deal, the first five electric engines will be imported and the remaining 795 will be manufactured in India over a period of 11 years.