Date Of Post: 20 Mar, 2018
New Delhi: 5 leading global locomotives manufacturers have joined the bidding in Indian Railways Rs 5,000 crore tender for the manufacturing of 200 high horse power electric locomotives to be pressed into service for heavy haulage in the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor.
The 5 Companies are-
Showing interest in the project, 5 international players have submitted applications on March 15, the last date for submission of pre-qualification bids.
- Railways require 200 electric locos with 9,000 HorsePower (HP) each to haul double-stack containers in the upcoming 1,534 km long Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) from Dadri to Mumbai, passing through Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat & Maharashtra.
- The selected manufacturer will make 190 locos at the Indian Railways’ Chittaranjan Locomotive Works facility in Asansol, with transfer of technology provision & import of only 10 engines, according to the tender conditions.
- The company will also set up a maintenance depot at Rewari.
- A senior Railway Ministry official,”These companies will submit their price bid by the end of April and the awarding the contract is expected by December this year.”
- The Railways had floated the global tender for high power locomotives after revising the loan conditions with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as the Western DFC is fully funded by Japan.
- The Western DFC (1,534 km) will be from Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai to Tughlakabad and Dadri near Delhi, and would cater largely to the container transport requirements between the existing and emerging ports in Maharashtra and Gujarat and the northern hinterland.
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