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- Indian Railways Canceled Tender For Manufacturing Of 44 Nos Of Semi High Speed Vande Bharat Train Sets
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the country's first Vande Bharat train in February 2019. (File photo)
- New tender will be released in a week, priority will be given to Make India
- Central government continues to ban Chinese companies after border dispute
After the border dispute in the Galvan Valley of Ladakh, action is going on against Chinese companies from India. Now Indian Railways has issued a tender to make 44 cm high-speed Vande Bharat train. The decision was taken by the Railways after bidding on behalf of a joint venture of a Chinese company with Indian companies to manufacture these trains. The Railways informed the cancellation of the tender late Friday night through a tweet.
Tender for manufacturing of 44 nos of semi high speed train sets (Vande Bharat) has been canceled.
Fresh tender will be floated within a week as per Revised Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) order.
– Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) August 21, 2020
New tender will be released soon
According to the railway, a new tender will be issued in a week for the construction of these trains. Make in India will be given priority in this new tender. However, Railways have not given an official reason for canceling the current tender. The tender for the construction of these trains was opened last month. The railway coach factory of Chennai on July 10 issued a tender for the construction of 44 high-speed Vande Bharat trains.
Only 1 in 6 Chinese companies were involved.
According to reports, 6 companies had submitted tenders for the supply of electrical equipment and other goods for 44 Wanda Bharat Semi high-speed trains with 16 compartments. The Chinese joint venture CRRC-Pioneer (India) Private Limited was the only foreign company, but the tender was canceled due to its relationship with China. The joint venture was formed in 2015 by Chinese company CRRC Yongji Electric Company Limited and Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited of Gurgaon.
The entire project is worth 1500 crores
According to sources in the news agency PTI, the Railways believes that this tender should be given to a domestic company. When the Chinese company appeared at the forefront of the tender race, the Railways canceled the tender. The cost of this project is around 1500 crores. According to sources, after the issuance of this tender, some changes have also been made in the rules of public procurement. The new tender will also include these rules.
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First Vande Bharat train run between Delhi-Varanasi
The semi-high-speed Vande Bharat train operates on two routes in the country. In February 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the country's first Vande Bharat train on the New Delhi-Varanasi route. After this, the second Vande Bharat train was run for New Delhi and Katra. The train was flagged off by Home Minister Amit Shah on 3 October 2019.
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