- A total of ₹32,000 crore will be paid to the winning bidder over a period of 35 years for the maintenance of these trains.
- The financial bids will be opened in the next 45 days.
of theBharat trains are expected to be a major upgrade to the premium Rajdhani Express service.
The state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has formed a consortium with
Other players in the fray include the French railway company Alstom; Medha-Stadler consortium between Swiss manufacturer of railway rolling stock
Officials said that while ₹26,000 crore is the upfront payment on the delivery of the trains, ₹32,000 crore will be paid to the winning bidder over a period of 35 years for the maintenance of these trains.
According to the tender document, the successful bidder must produce a prototype sleeper class for Vande Bharat trains within 24 months.
The Indian Railways aims to roll out the first sleeper version of the Vande Bharat train by the first quarter of 2024. So far, the railways have awarded contracts for the manufacture of 102 Vande Bharat trains, all of them chair coaches.
The Vande Bharat trains are expected to be a major upgrade to the premium Rajdhani Express service. The sleeper class version of these trains will be deployed on the routes to cover overnight train journeys such as New Delhi-Patna, New Delhi-Lucknow and others.
After four years of intensive work and planning, the country’s first and second Vande Bharat trains were flagged as semi-high speed electric multiple units by the Prime Minister
The first VB train was on the New Delhi-Varanasi route and the second on the New Dehi-Katra route to provide rapid rail transport from the national capital to these pilgrimage cities.
The Ministry of Railways is also working on exporting these trains by 2026 to cover the international markets of South Africa and European countries.
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