New Delhi: The Indian Railways will invite financial bids worth over Rs 20,000 crore (approx US$ 3,125 Million) for manufacturing around 5,000 AC & non-AC coaches that will be equipped with modern facilities like automatic doors, forced ventilation system, bio-toilets, regenerative braking system & better interior design, the coaches will run faster than existing ones, at the Kanchrapara rail factory in West Bengal this month. The public transporter intends to acquire 500 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) & Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) coaches per year as assured offtake from the facility to make local and mainline train services faster & comfortable.
- A senior Railway Ministry official,”We will issue the request for proposal (RFP) this month for the Kanchrapara coach factory in Bengal.”
- The financial bid is to ensure that responses from vendors meet the organisation’s needs and are structured in a way that allows it to easily compare proposals.
- In June last year, the Indian Railways had sought requests for qualification (RFQ) for manufacturing 5,000 modern EMU/MEMU coaches over the next Ten years in a joint venture (JV) model.
- The RFQ got a good response as Bombardier (Canada), Siemens consortium (Germany), Alstom (France), CRRC Corporation consortium (China), Stadler (Switzerland), Medha consortium (India) & BHEL, an Indian PSU, made the cut to qualify for the financial bidding.
- Indian Railways will have a 26% stake in the joint venture (JV) project.