Railway Ministry Cancels Tender For Vande Bharat Trains After Chinese Joint Venture Bid
The Railway Ministry cancelled a tender for the 44 semi-high speed Vande Bharat trains on Friday night, adding that a fresh tender will be announced as a “Revised Public Procurement” within a week’s time. The decision was taken after a Chinese joint venture, CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Pvt Ltd, joined the bid for the tender.
With the fresh tender, the Ministry now aims to assign the project with focus on Centre’s Make In India initiative.
The CRRC Pioneer Electric was the only bidder from abroad among the six companies that were bidding to supply 44 sets of the semi-high speed train.
“Tender for manufacturing of 44 nos of semi high speed train sets (Vande Bharat) has been cancelled. Fresh tender will be floated within a week as per Revised Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) order,” the Railway Ministry said in a tweet.
The tender was announced by the Indian Railways’ Integral Coach Factory in Chennai on July 10.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Bharat Industries, Sangrur, Electrowaves Electronics Pvt Ltd, Medha Servo Drives Pvt Ltd and Powernetics Equipment India Pvt Ltd were among other bidders in the race with the CRRC Pioneer Electric.
India’s trade ties with China are being affected following a violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in June.
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