The Railways has floated a brand new “domestic” tender for manufacturing 44 semi-high pace “Vande Bharat” practice units, through which solely India-registered firms can take part and the minimal native element proportion required is 75, officers stated on Monday.
In August, the Railways had cancelled a world tender it had floated the month earlier than after it emerged that among the many six candidates that had submitted monetary bids was CRRC Pioneer Electric, through which China’s CRRC is a joint companion.
“The revised tender is in line with the Government of India’s preference for the Make In India policy,” a Railway spokesperson stated.
“The minimum local content percentage has been revised to 75%. It is the first big tender under revised DPIIT norms of Atma Nirbhar Bharat having at least 75 % domestic components. This tender is now a domestic tender. It shall be local (indigenous) tender in which a two-stage reverse auction shall take place,” the spokesperson stated.
The tender is for three-phase propulsion, management and different tools together with the bogies for the 44 practice units.
The ministry additionally stated a pre-bid assembly for the tender can be held on September 29 and the tender can be opened on November 17.
The bid doc states that the practice units shall be manufactured at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai; Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala; Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli.
The authorities had earlier scrapped three world tenders for the challenge.
The August cancellation had come within the backdrop of rising tensions between India and China. The Railways had then stated a recent bid can be put out as per the revised Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) order.
As per the CRRC Pioneer Electric’s web site, it’s a three way partnership of CRRC Yongji Electric Co. Ltd — a core subsidiary of the state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation — and India’s Pioneer Fil-Med Pvt ltd, arrange in 2015.
The different bidders for the challenge, estimated to value about Rs 1,500 crore, have been Indian PSU Bharat Heavy Electricals, the Hyderabad-based Medha Group, the Himachal Pradesh-based Electrowaves Electronic Pvt Ltd, Powernetics Equipments Pvt Ltd and Bharat Industries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off the maiden run of a Vande Bharat practice on the New Delhi-Varanasi route on February 15, 2019.
The second such practice service between New Delhi and Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra was flagged off by Home Minister Amit Shah on October 3, 2019.
Officials stated that going by the price of manufacturing of the primary Vande Bharat Express, or Train 18, the current tender can be value over Rs 1,500 crore.
Earlier, the Railways had additionally cancelled a Rs 471-crore signalling contract of one other Chinese agency and scrapped a young for thermal cameras as once more a Chinese agency was seen as a front-runner.