Vande Bharat trains to be more Indian

As a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, increase in indigenous content from present level of 50% to a higher level is being examined

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New Delhi ( Metro Rail News ) – The government is soon expected to float a new tender for 44 sets of Vande Bharat Trains, which will have up to 75% indigenous content, line with the government’s Aatma Nirbhar Bharat initiative. The previous tender, which was cancelled on 21 August, had a provision of up to 50% indigenous content.

“The tender is ready. We are waiting to hear from DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade). The local component is likely to be increased up to 75%,” a senior official was stated saying.

In a recent move, the previous tender was cancelled as some of the bidders had disclosed financial details of the offers while submitting technical bids. For ensuring transparency, the technical bids are opened and evaluated, after which financial bids of only those bidders are opened who get qualified in the technical bids.

“Fresh tenders will be invited as per revised public procurement (preference to Make in India) order. As a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, increase in indigenous content from the present level of 50% to a higher level is being examined,” railway board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav had said on August 23rd.

Vande Bharat trains, also known as Train 18 are indigenous electric multiple units manufactured by the Chennai-based integral coach factory (ICF). This train set has automatic sliding doors similar to those in metro coaches, automatic climate control in coaches. Besides, all the coaches of the engine-less Vande Bharat Express are connected with one another other, enabling easy passage for passengers.

The first Vande Bharat Express from Delhi to Varanasi was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February, 2019. Second such train from New Delhi to Katra was flagged off in October last year.

The fresh tender will have provision to manufacture the train sets at all three production units—Integrated Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala and Modern Coach Factory (MCF) Raebareli, Yadav had said. The tender was first floated in December, 2019 by ICF and was opened in July. It is the third such tender floated for these trains.

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