Amid hypothesis that the 44 Vande Bharat trains scheduled to hit the tracks by 2022 will likely be delayed, the Railways on Tuesday stated the prepare units will now be manufactured by not one however three railway items and will likely be on the rail community throughout the subsequent three years.
Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav on Tuesday stated the trains will likely be concurrently manufactured in three rail items — the Railway Coach Manufacturing facility, Kapurthala, Fashionable Coach Manufacturing facility, Rae Bareilly and the Integral Coach Manufacturing facility, Chennai.
“A call was taken some months again that the three manufacturing items of the Railways will manufacture these trains thereby lowering the time taken to roll them out by one-third. The 44 trains will begin working within the subsequent two to a few years. As soon as the tender is finalised a particular timeline will likely be made accessible,” Mr Yadav stated.
In a letter dated July 14, the Integral Coach Manufacturing facility (ICF) which manufactured the primary two Vande Bharat trains knowledgeable the Railway Board that it might take 28 months to introduce the prototype rakes into business service and an extra six months to start out the sequence manufacturing, and subsequently 78 months to finish the manufacture of 44 trains, in line with its estimates.
Mr Yadav, nevertheless, stated these had been inside communications throughout the Railways and for the reason that three items are going to fabricate the rakes, the roll out could be quicker.
The manufacturing of the Vande Bharat prepare units or Practice 18 has been mired in controversy whilst the primary one was rolled out by ICF in report 18 months. It was constructed at a price of roughly Rs 100 crore and has been offering seamless service on two routes: Delhi-Varanasi and Delhi-Katra.
Just lately, Chinese language state-owned rolling inventory main CRRC Company emerged as the one international participant to bid for the Railways’ international tender for its bold semi-high pace Practice 18 challenge.
The bid from CRRC, which has entered right into a three way partnership with a Gurugram-based firm to put its bid underneath the title CRRC Pioneer Electrical (India) Non-public Restricted, is prone to be scrapped.
It is without doubt one of the six contenders for the tender for procuring propulsion programs or electrical traction kits for 44 trains – to be branded as Vande Bharat Specific or Practice 18.
Officers stated going by the price of manufacturing the primary Practice 18 which was launched final yr – Rs 100 crore, of which Rs 35 crore was for the propulsion system alone – the current tender for 44 such kits could be price over Rs 1,500 crore.
This tender was floated on December 22, 2019, by the Integral Coach Manufacturing facility (ICF), Chennai, and was opened on July 11. It’s the third such tender floated for these trains.
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