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News Entry# 414053
Jul 13 (18:12) Leaving ICF surprised, international companies stay away from Vande Bharat express tender (

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Jul 13 2020 (18:13)
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CHENNAI: The Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has invited bids for procurement of electric traction kits for Train 18, the country’s first self-propelled train without locomotives.
However, none of the top international coach making companies have participated in the bidding.
Sources privy to the issue said it's a huge embarrassment for ICF that its product did not attract bidders from top international brands.
18 was manufactured by ICF, which is owned by the Indian Railways, with over 80 percent indigenous materials and was rolled out in October 2018 amidst much fanfare.
The train, which was later rechristened as Vande Bharat express, was introduced between New Delhi and Varanasi in February last year. A few months later, the second train was introduced between New Delhi and Katra.  
However, the train manufacturing faced controversy after a section of railways officials raised complaints against ICF officials citing procedural lapses and changes in the specification of the trains. Followed by this, the railway board ordered ICF to stop the production of Train 18 rakes temporarily.
In November 2019, the railway board gave a go-ahead to ICF to resume the manufacturing of this semi high-speed train.
Subsequently, the ICF had called for bids for procuring electric traction kits for 44 train sets. Each set of trains has got 16 coaches.
Interestingly, none of the international coach manufacturing companies including Alstom, Bombardier, Talgo, Mitsubishi or Siemens have participated in the bidding which was opened recently.
The coach production cost was estimated at several hundred crores. "A total of six companies – a Chinese based joint venture and five Indian companies have participated in the bidding process. The process of finalising the bidder just started," said an official from ICF.  The successful bidder has to supply the propulsion system for manufacturing 44 train sets of Train 18.
"Besides erecting the electrical traction sets as per the specification given by ICF, the bidding company had to maintain the electrical parts for the period of five years," added the official.  But it has come as a surprise that the top international companies stayed away.
An official source explained the reason as, "Foreign companies including Bombardier, Siemens and CAF used to participate in the bidding for coach production in ICF. The changes made in the specifications of Train 18 as per the directions from Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) has made the product less attractive for many capable companies."
"The bidders asked to supply assembled bogies which are not connected with electrics and specifications of Roof Mounted AC Package Unit (RMPU) also altered making it difficult practically. As a result, international companies stayed away from the tender process."

8 Public Posts - Mon Jul 13, 2020

Jul 13 (21:52)
Long Break From IRI
x-under SW-x   6769 blog posts
Re# 4668365-15            Tags   Past Edits
Bidding india ke train ke liye thi
export keliye nahi

Jul 13 (22:11)
thewanderer^~   2851 blog posts
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The bid was for procurement. Reportedly, the RDSO endorsed change in technical requirements led to top coach companies pulling out of the bid. The tender was only for the traction kit.

Jul 14 (09:36)
Supritam Ghosh
Zakrimo~   1178 blog posts
Re# 4668365-17            Tags   Past Edits
In in India 130 kmph is enough. Don't want our live to be in danger .Even lhb is god gifted.
Aise train punctuality to ghatiya hei

Jul 14 (09:37)
Supritam Ghosh
Zakrimo~   1178 blog posts
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Instead of this icf should concrete in making good coaches because most of them are defective Whether it is lhb or icf

Jul 14 (09:51)
12553 Vaishali SF 12554 Should Back to Barauni 😟�
SakshamMaheshwa^~   20473 blog posts
Re# 4668365-19            Tags   Past Edits
Bhai aapko yeh Toy lag raha h ???
ICF ke Engineers ne kaafi Mehenat se isko banaya h...
Make in India mei bani train ko aap Toy kese kehe Sakte ho Yrr???
Aree Humko toh Proud hona Chahiye esi Train pr
aap ho jo Iska Majak bana rahe h ho Yrr...
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