Railways to invite bids to jointly manufacture Modern Coaches

Automatic doors, bio-toilets and more: Railways invite bids over Rs 20,000 crore for new coaches

NEW DELHI: The Railways will invite financial bids worth over Rs. 20,000 crore for manufacturing around 5,000 AC and non—AC coaches that will be equipped with modern facilities and run faster than existing ones, at the Kanchrapara rail factory in West Bengal this month.

The public transporter intends to acquire 500 Electric Multiple Unit and Mainline Electric Multiple Unit coaches per year as assured offtake from the facility to make local and mainline train services faster and comfortable.

Equipped with automatic doors, forced ventilation system, bio—toilets, regenerative braking system and better interior design, the stainless steel coaches will run faster than the existing coaches.

“We will issue the request for proposal (RFP) this month for the Kanchrapara coach factory in Bengal,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The financial bid is to ensure that responses from vendors meet the organisation’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.

The RFQ got a good response as Bombardier (Canada), Siemens consortium (Germany), Alstom (France), CRRC Corporation consortium (China), Stadler (Switzerland), Medha consortium (India) and BHEL, an Indian PSU, made the cut to qualify for the financial bidding.

Railways will have a 26 per cent stake in the joint venture project.

“We will issue the request for proposal this month for the Kanchrapara coach factory in Bengal,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Among other developments in Country’s railway system, Passengers heading to Goa during the summer can now ride in a new premier train service from Mumbai – Tejas Express.

The new line will boast of cuisine curated by celebrity chefs, tea and coffee vending machines and individual LCD screens is expected to begin operations from June this year.

Railways have introduced a specially-designed Vistadome air-conditioned coach, claimed to be a first-of-its-kind n its Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train.

The train has a large observation lounge that offer its passengers a panoramic view of the sites along the 128-km rail route from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley hill station.

Keeping up with technology as well, Indian Railways will also use radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) for tracking of wagons, coaches and locomotives to ensure effective and transparent functioning.

The tags are being designed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) is estimated to cost Rs 1000 per tag.