Indian Railways plans to expedite production of 44 Vande Bharat train

Chinese state-owned rolling stock major, emerged as the only foreign player to bid. However, the bid from CRRC is likely to be scrapped

Vande Bharat Express
Vande Bharat Express

NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Railways had earlier decided to get it manufactured through three different manufacturing units.

As Indian Railways moves to speed up the production of 44 Vande Bharat Express trains, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav has said that the ‘Make in India’ train sets will now be manufactured by not one but three units of Indian Railways – Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, Railway Coach Factory in Kapurthala and Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareilly. As per reports, 44 Vande Bharat trains are going to be added to the Indian Railways network within the next three years. The decision to involve three manufacturing units will help in reducing the time duration in making the trains.

It is possible that the 44 Train 18 services start operating in a year or two depending upon the progress of the work. A definite time, however, has not been decided yet, the sources familiar with the matter told. The railway manufacturing unit in Chennai had earlier manufactured the first two Vande Bharat Express trains now on the fleet of the Indian Railways. It would take long time ranging from 6 – 7 years if a single unit was to manufacture all the trains. This was the reason behind involving two more units to boost up the production process. However, Vande Bharat trains have always been in controversy since the first Train 18 was rolled out in a time frame of 18 months by ICF.

Recently, for Indian Railways’ global tender for its ambitious semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express project, CRRC Corporation, a Chinese state-owned rolling stock major, emerged as the only foreign player to bid. However, the bid from CRRC is likely to be scrapped. The company under the name CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited, had entered into a joint venture with a Gurugram-based company to place its bid. For the tender for procuring propulsion systems or electric traction kits for 44 Vande Bharat trains, CRRC is one of the six contenders.

As per the official data, only Rs100 crore was spent to manufacture the first Train 18, of which Rs 35 crore was alone spent on the propulsion system. The bid for 44 such kits will worth over Rs 1,500 crore as per the officials concerned with the matter. As the Vande Bharat trains get a boost up, the people may hope for a faster railway journeys in the coming years.

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