Railways issues new tender for 44 Vande Bharat trains

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Indian Railways has floated a revised tender for procuring 44 semi-high speed 44 Vande Bharat trains mandating 75% domestic component making it a domestic tender, the Ministry of Railways announced on Monday. The government had earlier scrapped three global tenders for the ambitious project. According to the new tender, only companies registered in India can apply.
Railways had last month cancelled its global tender issued for manufacturing 44 sets of semi-high speed Vande Bharat trains after a Chinese joint venture company CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited emerged as the only foreign bidder for the tender that was floated in July. The Indian Railways has floated the revised Tender of semi high speed 44 Vande Bharat trains sets.
The Tender is for -3 phase Propulsion, Control and other Equipment along with Bogies for Trains Sets. The tender has been uploaded on www.ireps.gov.in The Pre-bid meeting has been scheduled on September 29. While the Tender opening date is 17.11.2020.
The main features of the tender are as under:
          I. Train sets shall be manufactured at ICF/Chennai, RCF/Kapurthala and MCF/Raebareli
            II. It shall be local (indigenous) tender.
            III. Two-stage, the reverse auction shall take place.
The revised Tender is In line with the Government of India’s preference for Make In India policy, the minimum local content percentage has been revised to 75%. 
It is the first big tender under revised DPIIT norms of AtmaNirbhar Bharat. Having at least 75 % of domestic components. This tender is now a Domestic Tender. Only the Companies registered in India can apply and will have to quote in Indian Rupee.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) had revised public procurement order issued on June 4 to encourage domestic manufacturing. The bids are scheduled to be opened on November 17. A pre-bidding conference for the tender will take place on September 29, the ministry said.
The trainsets will be manufactured across three railways’ coach manufacturing units: Integral Coach Factory, Chennai; Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala and Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli.

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