India’s fastest and feature-rich Vande Bharat Express will be manufactured by the country’s leading steelmaker, Tata Steel in the coming year. The Indian Railway has signed an agreement with Tata Steel.
The Ministry of Railways has targeted to manufacture 200 Vande Bharat trains for the next two years and also aims to run the first sleeper version of Vande Bharat by the first quarter of 2024.
Keeping the project in view, the Indian Railways signed an agreement with Tata Steel on several schemes to speed up the production work.
Tata Steel will now manufacture the seats in the Vande Bharat Express, from first AC to three-tier coaches. The contract for making Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches for the train has also been given to the company, under which structures of panels, windows, and railways of the trains are being prepared.
At present, the Indian Railways has given a tender of about Rs 145 crore to the multinational steel company for manufacturing the parts of the train under the scheme. The manufacturing of the parts by the company will be completed in 12 month.
After receiving the bulk order for the seating system of Vande Bharat Express, including 22 train sets with 16 coaches each, the composites division of Tata Steel has started working in this direction.
Vice President (Technology and New Materials Business) of Tata Steel, Debashish Bhattacharya said. “The seats of this train are specially designed, which can rotate up to 180-degree and have aircraft-like passenger amenities which are a first in India.”