In a bid to introduce a new system that provides all bidders a level playing field and ensuring transparency, the Indian Railways has introduced new tender system for the production of third rake of Train 18 (also called the Vande Bharat Express), The Financial Express reported.
The production of the third rake of Train 18 had come to a halt at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, after allegations of favouritism in the tendering process of the first Train 18 surfaced. Consequently all existing tenders awarded for the production of the third rake of Train 18 were scrapped.
While Train 18’s first rake was manufactured in a record time of just 18 months at an estimated cost of around Rs 97 crore, the Railway Ministry received nearly 25 complaints from multinational companies and vendors that a domestic private company was allegedly favoured in the procurement process for the train set’s electrical equipment. Read More
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