ICF Tender for 44 Vande Bharat Trains to Open Tommorow

The Integral Coach Factory, Chennai had published the tender last year for the supply of electrical equipment along with other items for the 44 semi-high speed train sets, each comprising of 16 coaches.

According to details shared by the Railway Ministry, the due date for opening the tender is tommrow i.e. 10 July 2020. The financial bid (e-bid) as well as EMD particulars should be submitted online as stipulated in the bid document. Other documents without financial bid can be submitted before 14:15 PM on 10 July 2020 to any of the Secretary to General Manager of any Zonal Railways/PUs/CORE, Secretary to DG of RDSO or NAIR, in order to facilitate Pan-India submission due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, the ministry had stated.

Last year, to transform passenger experience on the Indian Railways network, the Railway Ministry gave its nod for the manufacturing of 44 more ‘Make in India’ Vande Bharat Express trains. The Nod for making 44 Vande Bharat Express Traisn came after, the self-propelled engine-less Vande Bharat Express trains were introduced on the Indian Railways network.

At present, Indian Railways operates two world-class Vande Bharat trains. The first train between New Delhi and Varanasi and the second between New Delhi and Katra. Both trains take just 8 hours between their destinations, hence reducing travel time substantially. Vande Bharat Express is Indian Railways’ first self-propelled engine-less train that can run at a maximum permissible speed of 160 kmph. During trials, Vande Bharat Express has hit speeds of 180 kmph, making it India’s fastest train.

The New Vande Bharat Express Trains will be more advanced in features as compared to their predecessors. The coaches of New trains will be of Chair Car type for day travel. The coaches will be equipped with many modern features including automatic plug doors with retractable footsteps, side destination boards, automatic intercommunication door, speakers, mobile and laptop charging sockets, CCTVs, emergency talk back units with networking system, diffused lighting for luggage racks, continuous LED lights, GPS antenna, mini pantry with modular equipment, etc.

Unlike the older Vande Bharat trains, the upcoming semi-high speed trains will have basic units with four coaches, which can be attached/detached from the train, considering the demand. Therefore, in case of defects, it will be possible to replace the basic units or in case, the demand increases, the train length can be augmented up to 24 coaches.