As railways plan to introduce new non-public trains within the coming years, corporations together with GMR, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), L&T Infrastructure Development Projects, Bharat Heavy Electricals and Welspun Enterprises are amongst 13 gamers who’ve been shortlisted by the Indian Railways to run non-public trains. According to Indian Railways, these non-public trains shall be run in 12 clusters.
Railways to run non-public trains | What we all know
- In August this yr, Railways mentioned it’s planning to introduce the primary set of 12 non-public trains in 2023 adopted by 45 extra within the subsequent fiscal as per an preliminary timeline, the nationwide transporter held the second pre-bid convention assembly which was attended by 23 corporations together with a number of overseas companies. Railway Ministry officers termed the second pre-bid assembly as a “grand success”.
- According to Railway Ministry officers, Spanish coach and element maker CAF, Siemens Limited, Bombardier Transportation India, and GMR group which owns and operates two main airports within the nation, have been among the many distinguished gamers which participated within the pre-bid assembly.
- Officials additionally mentioned that public sector items (PSUs) like Railways tourism and catering arm IRCTC and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), defence PSU BEML additionally participated within the assembly together with the Hyderabad-based Medha Group, which had bid for the Train 18 challenge, other than RK Associates, Alstom Transport India Ltd, Sterlite Power, Bharat Forge and JKB Infrastructure.
- Gateway Rail, Jasan Infra, Medha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd, Hind Rectifiers, Titagarh Wagons Limited, I-Board India Pvt Ltd, Bharat Forge, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Ltd, ISQ Asia Infrastructure Investments PTE Ltd and PSGG applied sciences Pvt Ltd additionally participated within the assembly.
- This was the second assembly for the non-public practice operators. The first assembly happened on July 21 by which 16 corporations had participated. Indian Railways, as a part of plans to permit non-public entities to function passenger trains on its community, has invited proposals from corporations to run 151 fashionable passenger trains on 109 pairs of routes throughout the nation. The challenge would entail non-public sector funding of about Rs 30,000 crore.
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- Earlier, a Railways spokesperson had mentioned that the problems and considerations raised by the potential non-public gamers have been mentioned and clarifications have been supplied by the Railway officers and NITI Aayog for improved readability on the provisions of RFQ and bidding framework. He mentioned the queries have been primarily associated to eligibility standards, bidding course of, procurement of rakes, operation of trains and composition of clusters.
- The spokesperson additional mentioned that there have been queries on haulage fees to which the Railways replied that haulage fees shall be specified upfront and shall be suitably listed for your complete concession interval, thereby bringing certainty within the haulage fees.
- “The Railways will also provide the details of passenger traffic being handled on the routes under bidding. This will enable the bidders to do due diligence for the project,” he mentioned. He mentioned that the Railways has clarified that trains to be operated underneath the challenge will be both bought or taken on lease by the non-public entities. The nationwide transporter clarified that dangers with regard to operation of trains shall be allotted to the events in an equitable method.
- As a part of its privatisation plan, the Railways has deliberate to introduce 12 trains in 2022-23, 45 in 2023-2024, 50 in 2025-26 and 44 in 2026-27, taking the entire quantity to 151. The request for qualification (RFQ), which was floated on July 1, is more likely to be finalised by November, whereas the monetary bids shall be opened by March, 2021. The number of bidders is deliberate to be accomplished by April 31, 2021.
- The spokesperson mentioned that the problems raised throughout the assembly shall be shared with the individuals by August 21. The Railways had earlier responded to the queries of the 16 individuals on July 31.
- He mentioned that the applying due date has been fastened for September 8 and the shortlisted corporations shall be introduced on November 8, 60 days from the due date.
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(With inputs from IANS)
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