Indian Railways Awards Rs 2,211 Crore contract for 44 Vande Bharat rakes to Hyderabad-Based Firm
On Friday, the Indian Railways has finalized its tender for 44 rakes of Vande Bharat trains with 16 cars each. It awarded the contract worth ₹2211 crore to Hyderabad-based Medha Servo Drives Ltd.
3 production units of the railways will manufacture these rakes. 24 rakes will be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, 10 rakes at the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala and the other 10 rakes at Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli. The procurement also includes a five-year comprehensive annual maintenance contract with the supplier.
The Ministry announced, “Indian Railways has finalised the tender for Design, Development, Manufacture, Supply, Integration, Testing and Commissioning of IGBT based 3-Phase Propulsion, Control and Other Equipment for Train Sets (Vande Bharat Type Train sets) for 44 Rakes of 16 Cars each on January 21, 2021.”
It added to its statement, “The specifications were prepared after multiple deliberations with the industry at various levels for manufacturing the train sets indigenously. For the first time, the tender required minimum 75% local content requirement of the total value of the tender. This is expected to give a boost to the “AtmaNirbhar Bharat” mission. In this tender, 3 bidders participated and the lowest offer was from indigenous manufacturer M/s Medha Servo Drives Ltd. who successfully met the minimum local content of 75% of the total value.”
First 2 prototype rakes will be delivered in 20 months. If the commissioning is successful, the firm will deliver an average of 6 rakes per quarter.
The global tender issued for manufacturing 44 sets of semi high speed Vande Bharat trains was cancelled by the Indian Railways in August, 2020. This development came after a Chinese joint venture company came up as the only foreign bidder for the tender floated in July. The venture was CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited, who bid for the tender.
The ‘Make in India’ project consists of the manufacturing of 44 train sets comprising 16 coaches each for Vande Bharat.