Being Atmanirbhar or self-reliant has been Bharatiya Rail’s policy for over seven decades now. Bharatiya Rail’s long list of such ‘Atmanirbhar’ initiatives includes Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, set up in 1950, which started with the manufacture of steam locomotives changing over to electric ones in 1972.
The brainchild of BC Roy, the then CM of West Bengal, it set in motion a long-term plan for creating more than half a dozen such units.
The cornerstone for all such collaborative ventures has always been ‘technology transfer’. It enabled Railways to build up a technology base on which it could upgrade in years to come. In this march for self-reliance, the RDSO, the R&D arm of Indian Railways,