Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Railways cancels tender for 44 Vande Bharat trains after China is sole bidder

Indian Railways has cancelled the tender for the manufacturing of 44 rakes of Train 18 after a Chine company emerged as the sole foreign bidder.

As per the Indian Railways, a tender was floated on July 10 for a foreign bidder for Vande Bharat Express, as Train 18 is popularly known.

Railways have clarified it’s not to say domestic bidders were not in place.

But the Chinese joint venture company, CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited emerged as the only foreign bidder keen to manufacture he semi-high speed train.

Railways would now issue a fresh tender

The five domestic bidders include state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, the Bharat Industries, Sangrur, the Electrowaves Electronics (P) Limited, the MEDHA Servo Drives Private Limited and the Powernetics Equipment India Private Limited, according to the Railway Ministry.

India is in an overdrive to reject China’s investment as much as it could since its 20 soldiers were killed by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China in Galwan Valley in Ladakh.


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