44 Vande Bharat Trains In Next 3 Years, Says Railways

Manufacturing of the Vande Bharat practice units or Prepare 18 has been mired in controversy (File)

New Delhi:

Amid hypothesis that the 44 Vande Bharat trains scheduled to hit the tracks by 2022 shall be delayed, the Railways on Tuesday stated the practice units will now be manufactured by not one however three railway items and shall be on the rail community inside the subsequent three years.

Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav on Tuesday stated the trains shall be concurrently manufactured in three rail items — the Railway Coach Manufacturing unit, Kapurthala, Trendy Coach Manufacturing unit, Rae Bareilly and the Integral Coach Manufacturing unit, Chennai.

“A call was taken some months again that the three manufacturing items of the Railways will manufacture these trains thereby decreasing the time taken to roll them out by one-third. The 44 trains will begin working within the subsequent two to 3 years. As soon as the tender is finalised a particular timeline shall be made accessible,” Mr Yadav stated.

In a letter dated July 14, the Integral Coach Manufacturing unit (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 a further six months to start out the sequence manufacturing, and subsequently 78 months to finish the manufacture of 44 trains, in keeping with its estimates.

Mr Yadav, nonetheless, stated these had been inner communications inside the Railways and because the three items are going to fabricate the rakes, the roll out could be sooner.

The manufacturing of the Vande Bharat practice units or Prepare 18 has been mired in controversy at the same time as the primary one was rolled out by ICF in document 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.

Lately, Chinese language state-owned rolling inventory main CRRC Company emerged as the one overseas participant to bid for the Railways’ international tender for its formidable semi-high velocity Prepare 18 mission.

The bid from CRRC, which has entered right into a three way partnership with a Gurugram-based firm to position its bid beneath the title CRRC Pioneer Electrical (India) Personal Restricted, is prone to be scrapped.

It is likely 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 Prepare 18.

Officers stated going by the price of manufacturing the primary Prepare 18 which was launched final 12 months – Rs 100 crore, of which Rs 35 crore was for the propulsion system alone – the current tender for 44 such kits could be value over Rs 1,500 crore.

This tender was floated on December 22, 2019, by the Integral Coach Manufacturing unit (ICF), Chennai, and was opened on July 11. It’s the third such tender floated for these trains.

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