Railways Looks To Float Tenders For Electrification Of 7,000 km Of Track By March 2018 Under EPC Mode

Railways Looks To Float Tenders For Electrification Of 7,000 km Of Track By March 2018 Under EPC Mode

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Date of Post: 25 Nov, 2017

New Delhi: The Railways is looking to float tenders for electrification of 7,000 kilometer of track by March 2018 under the EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) mode, a source said. The national carrier will conduct pre-bid meetings, which for the first time may include foreign companies, the source added.

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  • The source said,“Tenders will be of suitable size considering issues like geographical proximity and to achieve the economies of scale.”
  • The budgetary allocation for the plan is Rs 34.56 billion.
  • Union Railway Minister Mr Piyush Goyal had earlier indicated that the network may offer large size tenders in place of the 30-40 km route size it traditionally offers.
  • He was in favour of offering each tender for 500 km & above to save on costs.

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Electrification Of Rail Routes-

  • The source said,“With electrification, seamless traction will be possible and the cost of fuel will reduce substantially.”
  • Railways aims to complete the electrification of the India’s busiest railway route in the next 36-42 months & of the entire network by 2021, Railway Board member Ghan Shyam Singh had said on October 27.
  • At present, Indian Railways has 30,000 km of electrified track, which accounts for 45% of its overall network, the fourth-largest in the world.

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