Indian Railways has finalised the tender for Vande Bharat-type train sets.

Hyderabad-based Medha Servo Drives Ltd has bagged a contract worth Rs 2,211 crore from Indian Railways for designing, manufacturing, supplying and other equipment required for making these sets, for 44 rakes of 16 cars each.

This deal will give Modi government’s ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ mission a big boost. Railways, for the first time, had put a condition that the tender would require a minimum of 75 per cent of the content be made locally.

According to the release, these train sets will be manufactured at three Production units of Indian Railways– 24 rakes at ICF, 10 rakes at RCF and balance 10 rakes at MCF.

“The delivery schedule for the supply of these rakes is – first 2 prototype rakes will be delivered in 20 months, thereafter on successful commissioning, the firm will be delivering an average of 6 rakes per quarter.,” the ministry said.

The procurement includes a five-year comprehensive annual maintenance contract with the supplier and the specifications were prepared after multiple deliberations with the industry at various levels for manufacturing the train sets indigenously.

(With inputs from agencies)


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