RAILWAYS

Medha Servo Drives wins Rs 2,211-crore Vande Bharat tender

The Railways on Friday awarded a Rs 2,211 crore tender for 44 rakes of Vande Bharat train sets to Medha Servo Drives, a Hyderabad-based indigenous manufacturer of railway products. The contract is for design, development, manufacture, supply, integration, testing and commissioning of IGBT based 3-phase propulsion, control and other equipment for the rakes which will have 16 car each.

The procurement includes 5 years comprehensive annual maintenance contract with the supplier. The specifications were prepared after multiple deliberations with industry at various levels for manufacturing the train sets indigenously. “This project will be completed under the ‘Make in India’ policy with domestic content of 90%,” the Railways said on social media.

Vande Bharat Express is IR’s first self-propelled engine-less train that can run at a maximum permissible speed of 160 kmph. At present, Indian Railways operates two world-class Vande Bharat trains — the first between New Delhi and Varanasi and the second between New Delhi and Katra.

The race for the tender saw participation from 3 bidders with Medha Servo Drives emerging as the winner with the lowest offer. In August 2020, the Railways had cancelled the tender for the manufacturing of the train sets after the Chinese joint venture company CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) emerged as the only foreign bidder among six contenders for manufacturing the semi-high speed trains.

In September, the tender was floated again. Following the disqualification of the Chinese JV company in December 2020 over non-conformity with the rules of qualification laid down for neighbouring countries, there were only two valid bids — Medha Servo Drives and Bharat Heavy Electricals.

Source
financial express
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