Date of Post: 22 Aug, 2018
New Delhi: In a bid to address the issue of paucity of rails, the Railways will soon float another global tender to meet the requirement, a senior Railway Ministry officials said. The move comes a month after JSPL (Jindal Steel & Power Ltd) bagged 20% of the Rs 2,500-crore global tender by the Indian Railways to supply long rails.
- Indian Railways had invited the global tender for procuring around 4.87 lakh metric tonnes of rails to meet the shortfall of supply from the SAIL (Steel Authority of India Ltd).
- This is first time in three decades that rail procurement has been opened for the private sector.
- While JSPL has been given 20%, “we will re-tender for the rest of our requirement”, he also said.
- The official said,”Since SAIL has also increased its production with the functioning of its new second plant, we will need to analyse the quantum of the tender based on how much of our requirement is met by them.”
- 7 foreign steel companies and JSPL had submitted their bids against the global tender and the latter was the only Indian steel maker in the fray.
- The JSPL was expected to get an assured order of 20% under the “Make in India” clause.
- Till now, the Indian Railways was procuring rails from government-owned SAIL.
- But now it has decided on an extra global tender after anticipating that SAIL would not be able to supply the 7,17,000 tonnes required for 2017-18 and 2018-19, as estimated at that time.
- The Indian Railways is looking at 4,000 km of track renewal in each of the financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20.
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