Indian Railways has issued a new tender for making 58 Vande Bharat Express trains. These trains will be built by the private company after getting the tender with its investment, but they will be manufactured in the three coach factories of the railways Rae Bareli, Kapurthala and ICF Chennai.
Tender for 44 Vande Bharat Train Sets has already been awarded
The tender for making 44 Bande Bharat Express trains has already been given. This tender worth Rs 2,211 crore was received by a company named Medha Servo Drives. Out of these 44 trains, each train set will have a total of 16 coaches. That is, a total of 704 coaches are to be made under this tender including all the trains.
75 Vande Bharat train sets will be ready by August 23
According to Railway Ministry officials, 75 trains will be produced by August 15, 2023. By March 2024, 102 Vande Bharat Express will be dropped on Indian Railways tracks to connect every corner of India.
Prime Minister Modi has given instructions to the Railways
Prime Minister Modi had announced to run 75 new Vande Bharat Express from Red Fort on 15 August 2021 till 15 August 2023. The challenge for the Railways is to bring 75 Vande Bharat Express train sets on track by this deadline by finalizing the new tender soon. Since even eight months ago, 44 Vande Bharat Express train sets have been tendered, the Railways claims that it will run all 75 trains on time.
Railway’s target – 102 Vande Bharat trains will run till 2024
Railways have set a target of derailing 102 Vande Bharat Express trains by 2024. To fulfil this target, tendering work has started for all 102 trains. Of these, the tender for 44 trains has been given in January itself.
The private company that won the tender, Medha Servo Drives, is manufacturing these train sets in collaboration with the three coach factories of the Railways. With the opening of tender for all the remaining 58 trains, the Railways hopes that this process of tendering will also be completed at the earliest so that the new private partner can start work soon.
Although Medha Servo will also tender for these 58 new trains, Railways expects that this time more private companies will show interest in this tender than before.
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