New Delhi: Indian Railways opened the tender on Friday to prepare 44 sets of Vande Bharat trains. A total of 6 companies have shown interest in this, including the Chinese government-owned CRRC Corporation Company. It is the only foreign company to participate in it. Indian Railways has set a target of preparing 44 sets of Vande Bharat trains by 2023.
These companies showed interest
Government company Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Bharat Industries, Electroves Electronics Private Limited, Medha Servo Drives Private Limited, CRRC Pioneer Electric Company Limited and Powernetics Equipment India Private Limited have applied for the Vande Bharat train set tender.
Chinese government-owned company
CRRC Pioneer Electric Company Limited of Gurugram is also a bidding company. It is a joint venture of China Government-owned CRRC Corporation Limited.
Officials informed that Rs 100 crore was spent on the first train-18 introduced last year, out of which Rs 35 crore was spent only on the propulsion system. The current tender is for 44 such kits, valued at around Rs 1,500 crore. Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said, “We have received bids from six companies for the train set.”
The tender was issued by the Indian Railways’ Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai on December 22 last year. It opened on Friday. This is the third such tender for these trains. This tender has been floated for purchase of various train-18 equipment, coaches etc. under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.