Railways ambitious plan for manufacturing modern coaches
NEW DELHI: The Railways will invite financial bids worth over Rs 20,000 crore for manufacturing 5,000 AC and non-AC coaches which will be equipped with modern facilities and run faster.
This is envisaged at Kanchrapara Rail Factory in Bengal. It intends to acquire 500 Electric Multiple Unit and Mainline Electric Multiple Unit coaches per year to make local and mainline train services faster and comfortable. The stainless steel will be equipped with automatic doors, forced ventilation system, bio-toilets, regenerative braking system and better interior design. The financial bid is to ensure that responses from vendors meet the organization’s needs and are structured in a way that allows it to easily compare proposals. In June last year, the Railways had sought requests for qualification (RFQ) for manufacturing 5,000 modern EMU/MEMU coaches over the next 10 years in a joint venture model. There was a good response as Bombardier (Canada), Siemens Consortium (Germany), AlstomBSE,(France), CRRC Corporation Consortium (China), Stadler (Switzerland), BHEL and Medha Consortium (India), made the cut to qualify for the financial bidding. Railways will have a 26 per cent stake in the Joint Venture Project.