President Ilham Aliyev attended opening of new Bilajari locomotive depot
A new Bilajari locomotive depot of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC has opened.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the inauguration.
Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov informed President Ilham Aliyev on the conditions created at new Bilajari locomotive depot.
It was noted that technical inspection and repair of locomotives will be carried out in the new depot. The commissioning of such a depot in Azerbaijan, the first in the CIS, is one of the steps taken in connection with the transition to the 4th industrial revolution. Solar panels have been installed on the depot so it makes possible to use the energy obtained here. Necessary infrastructure has been created here, modern equipment from the world’s leading companies has been installed. The construction of the depot was carried out within the project “Construction of two depots for 50 alternating locomotives – Bilajari and Ganja locomotive depots.” 40 AC freight locomotives and 10 passenger locomotives operating on dual power supply system, which are intended for new depots, have been ordered from the world’s leading companies. 38 modern Alstom locomotives, including 28 freight and 10 passenger locomotives, have already been delivered to Azerbaijan. In general, the commissioning of this depot will save energy resources, facilitate operation, increase the speed of trains and, as a result, improve the efficiency of freight and passenger transportation, increase the capacity of locomotives.The depot will employ about 150 highly qualified workers trained abroad.
The head of state inaugurated the new depot.
It should be noted that in recent years, under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, great work has been done in our country to diversify the economy, develop the non-oil sector, as well as implement huge infrastructure and transport projects. Most importantly, all this work is being carried out against the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic and economic and financial difficulties in the world. Among the implemented projects, the work done to develop and improve the railway transport infrastructure in Azerbaijan, to bring the process of railway traffic management to a modern level, to modernize the railway vehicle fleet and to strengthen the material and technical base of this field is of great importance. These works further strengthen the role and place of Azerbaijan in the region as a geographical area where the East-West, North-South transport corridors meet, and significantly increase the economic and transport-logistics potential.
It should be noted that the new Bilajari locomotive depot will also play an important role in the modernization of the railway infrastructure.