New Delhi: Aiming to improve the speed of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, the Railways has invited manufacturers to make EMU train sets, which can clock the speed of 160 kmph.
The Railways has invited expression of interests from the global players to procure 15 EMU train sets comprising 315 rail cars.
The Railways has stated that the train sets will be procured under two categories; one with sleeper facilities (Rajdhani) and another for sitting arrangements (Shatabdi).
The Railways said that the successful bidder can procure two prototypes, while rest would have to be manufactured in India as part of the “Make in India” campaign. As for the Rajdhani trains, it has been said that the EMU train sets should consist of 20 rail cars with sleeper arrangement, while in the case of Shatabdi trains it would be of 16 rail cars.
The Railways has also said that the manufacturer would be given the responsibility for maintenance for up to a period of seven years. The Railways would also seek to absorb the technology and impart the necessary skills to its staff for maintenance. The life span of each train set would be 35 years.
The Railways is also in the process to procure train sets for Kolkata Metro.
A Chinese firm has shown keen interest to manufacture EMU train sets in India. The Railways is looking at one of its facility in West Bengal for the manufacturing of EMU train sets.