September 26, 2017 / 6:42 PM / 5 months ago

GE warns railway contract rejig to undermine 'Make in India' drive

(Reuters) - General Electric Co (GE.N) said on Tuesday that the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative would be undermined if the country’s railway ministry went ahead with changes to a joint venture with the conglomerate.

Any changes to the joint venture will put future foreign investment at risk and cause the government to incur substantial costs, GE said in an emailed statement.

FILE PHOTO: Commuters disembark from crowded suburban trains during the morning rush hour at Churchgate railway station in Mumbai, India, February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/File Photo

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

    The Economic Times newspaper reported last week that the ministry told the company the railways would not require diesel locomotives in the future and offered the American company an option to manufacture electric locomotives at its upcoming factory in the eastern state of Bihar. (

    Under the deal, GE is also to build two maintenance sheds elsewhere in the country to service the locomotives over an 11-year period.

    Reporting by Bhanu Pratap in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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