Indian Railways floats revised tender of 44 Vande Bharat trains; 75% domestic components mandatory

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Train sets will be manufactured at Integral Coach Factory-Chennai, Rail Coach Factory-Kapurthala and Modern Coach Factory- Raebareli

Indian Railways has floated revised tender of semi high speed 44 Vande Bharat trains sets making it mandatory to include at least 75 percent domestic components in the manufacturing.

This indigenous factor in the revised tender makes it a local tender.

The tender is for -3 phase propulsion, control and other equipment along with bogies for trains sets, said the Ministry of Railways.

The main features of the tender include the train sets will be manufactured at Integral Coach Factory-Chennai, Rail Coach Factory-Kapurthala and Modern Coach Factory- Raebareli.

Again, it will be local (indigenous) tender and two stage, reverse auction will take place.

The revised tender is in line with the government's preference for 'Make In India' policy, the minimum local content percentage has been revised to 75 percent. 

It is the first big tender under revised DPIIT norms of AtmaNirbhar Bharat and is having at least 75 percent domestic components.

In August, the government had cancelled its global tender for manufacturing 44 sets of Vande Bharat trains after a Chinese joint venture CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) emerged as the only foreign bidder for the tender.

The tender was cancelled in the wake of India’s mounting tensions with China.

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