Railways will float Rs. 24,000 cr tender to procure 200 Vande Bharat trains

Indian Railway to float a massive tender of 24,000 cr. for manufacturing 200 new Vande Bharat trains with sleeper facilities for overnight journeys from March 2022

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DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Railways have decided to float a massive tender of 24,000 cr. for manufacturing 200 new Vande Bharat trains with sleeper facilities for overnight journeys from March 2022. The 102 trains procured by the railways previously only had seating arrangements targeted to small journeys.

Apart from the production units at Kapurthala, Chennai and Raebareli, the railways have decided to offer the newly built Latur facility for manufacturing 200 Vande Bharat Trains. Railways have already been awarded the contract of Hyderabad-based Medha Servo Drives Pvt. Ltd. for manufacturing 44 Vande Bharat train sets at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) which is a part of the government’s Make in India initiative. Currently, the bidding process for the procurement of 58 more such trains is in progress and railways are eyeing them.

While presenting the Budget 2022 in February, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that 400 new-generation Vande Bharat trains with higher efficiency and better facilities for passengers will be manufactured in the next three years. She also said that one product one railway station will be popularized in the coming years. These 200 new trains are the first step taken by the railways to complete the manufacturing as promised in the budget. Such development in the Railways is a great relief to the Indian citizens and can make their journeys more comfortable.

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