Indian Railways will soon commence the manufacturing of 120 advanced Vande Bharat trains at Maharashtra’s Latur-based Marathwada Rail Coach Factory. The move comes after Sudhakar Shrangare, the Lok Sabha MP from Latur, has made multiple efforts to start the production work of India’s first indigenous semi-high-speed train as early as possible.
Recently, the consortium of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and Russia’s CJSC Transmashholding has emerged as the lowest bidder. It has bid Rs 120 crore per train set, which is less than eight crores from the Chennai-based ICF’s production.
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The consortium of Bharat Heavy Electricals
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Earlier, the Ministry of Railways – Railway Board invited a Rs 58,000 crores tender to manufacture 200 sleeper versions of 16 coaches of Vande Bharat Express trains and to maintain them for the next 35 years. Of the Rs 58,000 crore, Rs 26,000 crore will be paid during the delivery of the trains, while the remaining Rs 32,000 crore will be given after a period of 35 years. The trains will be produced using the present technology developed by the railways, its staff, and factories.
For its maintenance, the railways will have depots in six cities such as – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jodhpur, Kolkata, and Hyderabad. The service of the country’s first semi-high-speed train was introduced four years back as an icon of Atmanirbhar Bharat and the ‘Make in India