Date of Post: 28 Jan,
The Modern Coach Factory (MCF), Rae Bareilly has floated a Rs 150 crore tender to buy technology and expertise to produce railways’ first ‘Make in India’ international standard coaches for metro trains by 2021, according to sources. Sources said, the MCF, last week, floated tender for transfer of technology for design, development, manufacturing, testing and maintenance of aluminium body passenger coaches for metro trains.
- The source said, “We want to be part of the market to produce such coaches as we will be able to cater to our own cities which are increasingly expanding their travel options. At the moment these coaches are being largely imported. We can make them at a much cheaper cost.”
- “The tender will open on 28 February, 2019 and by 2021 we should be able to come out with the first such coach,” said the source.
- While metro coaches for the Kolkata Metro are being manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, currently, those produced at MCF will be the first which will have international technology and design, thus making them far superior.
- Currently, the coaches procured from other countries cost between Approx. Rs 8-9 crores, while the indigenously made coaches will cost around Rs 7-8 crore, but will come down to around Rs 4-6 crore if ordered in volumes, a senior railways official said.
- The sources said that the coaches at MCF will be manufactured by robots and will be on par with those being manufactured by international manufacturers.
- They will be 40% cheaper than those procured from China and other countries.
- In addition, the coaches will also boast of safety features including communication based signalling, door control and train management systems along with modern surveillance gadgets on board.
- Railways, which has already pitched for standardisation of metro coaches across the country, has also issued a set of parameters for metro corporations to follow when they procure them.
- There are around 22 ongoing and under-construction Metro rail projects in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lucknow, Chennai, Nagpur, Pune, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Noida-Greater Noida, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata and Gurugram among others, according to data available with the Housing and Urban Affairs ministry.
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