Toshiba's Contribution to
India's Railway Transport Infrastructure
Special Edition - Indian Railways’ (IR) tagline reads ‘Lifeline to the nation’, and aptly so. For a country which ranks seventh in terms of its area with its topography ranging from mountains, valleys, tablelands, seashores, deserts, to first terrains, one thing that binds the entire nation together is the Railways. Since the day the first track was laid down for the steam snorting iron horse, Railways were integral to the development of the Indian economy.
With this issue of the newsletter, we want to showcase how Toshiba contributes to the development of India's transport infrastructure with its abundant experience in railway systems in Japan and around the world.
TOSHIBA TECHNOLOGY FOR INDIAN RAILWAYS: MAKE-IN-INDIA
Indian Railways plays a pivotal role in reviving economic
growth in the country and investment in the railways has a
large multiplier effect on the rest of the economy. Under the
Government of India's (GoI) 'Make-in-India' program, 100%
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the railway infrastructure
segment has been allowed which has opened up opportunities for participation in infrastructure projects such as
high-speed railways, railway lines, projects relating to
electrification, high-speed tracks, and suburban corridors. This
has also given way to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) that
are an innovative way of delivering modern, high-quality public services and promoting the country’s competitiveness.
Toshiba’s first association with India’s quest for an efficient and
safe transport network was when it first received an order
from Indian Railways for 15 electric locomotives in the 1960s.
Since the early 2000s, Toshiba has kicked its railway system
business into gear. To further support India’s railway network
overhauling plans and ‘Make-in-India’ initiatives for railways,
Toshiba established a new production facility for electrical
equipment for railway systems in Hyderabad in 2016.
Toshiba, with over 115 years of R&D in railway technology,
has worked to improve every requirement of railway
transportation, such as environment adaptation, safety,
punctuality, comfort, and reliability. Toshiba with its
advanced energy-saving solutions promotes technologies
that contribute to reducing electricity consumption and
greenhouse gas emission, leading to improved city
Toshiba's technological breakthroughs can not only the
shape future of Indian railway system but can also be lead a
contributor to India's potential market for electric
locomotives. The company has a long history of
manufacturing and supplying rolling stock systems,
information systems, and power supply systems for
customers in Japan and in rest of the world too.
HIGH SPEED RAIL: THE FUTURE IS NOW
Looking to the future, concerns over depleting fossil-fuel
reserves, climate change, overcrowded airports, delayed
lights and congested roads have birthed the need for
high-speed railway technology alternative. In 2015, India and
Japan signed a MoU on cooperation and assistance in the
Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (HSR) project, also
known as the Bullet Train project. The project is based on
Japan's Shinkansen famed for its outstanding safety record,
punctuality and relatively low emissions, which are highly
desirable technology for many countries.
Toshiba holds significant experience in delivering a
high-speed rail system in Japan with its electrical and electronic systems for the high speed-rail, including power supply
system and electrical equipment for rolling stock. Toshiba has
a unique potential to play a role in realizing India's plan for
high-speed rail projects.
With its total solution capabilities in constructing
transportation infrastructure, which is indispensable for India's
further economic growth and people's better life, Toshiba will
continue to contribute to the growth of industries
FOR THE NEXT INDIA.