Indian Railways has awarded the work of design and manufacturing of propulsion, control & other equipment for making 44 rakes (16 car each) of ‘Vande Bharat’ type train sets.
The contract has been awarded to Medha Servo Drives Pvt. Ltd, a Hyderabad-based company. The contract is worht Rs 2,211-crore for designing and manufacturing propulsion, control and other equipment required for making 44 rakes of Vande Bharat-type train sets, a ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
Hence, as a result of the project, the country will get 44 make in India Vande Bharat Trains.
However, earlier in August, the Railways had cancelled the tender for the manufacturing of the 44 rakes of Train 18, which has been re-christened as Vande Bharat Express.
“Indian Railways has awarded the work of design and manufacturing of propulsion, control & other equipments for making 44 rakes (16 car each) of ‘Vande Bharat’ type train sets. This project will be completed under ‘Make in India’ policy with domestic content of 90%,” the ministry tweeted.
The move came after the Chinese joint venture company CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited emerged as the only foreign bidder among the six contenders for manufacturing the semi-high speed trains. In September, the tender was floated again.
As the information from railway officials indicates, train sets shall be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai; Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, Punjab; and the Modern Coach Factory in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh.
This project will be completed under the ‘Make in India’ policy with domestic content of 90 per cent, it added.