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Mrvc Puts Off Bidding For 238 Ac Vande Metro Rakes, Infra News, ET Infra


MUMBAI: A month after inviting tenders, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) abruptly decided to postpone the bidding process for procurement of 238 air-conditioned Vande Metro rakes.

As part of the tender, 2,856 AC cars were to be procured, which can be configured to run as 12-car and 15-car trains. The decision to procure these rakes under MUTP-3 and 3A was taken on May 19 after approval by Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

But on July 23, the notice on the MRVC website said, “The tender for procurement-cum-lifetime maintenance of Vande Metro (suburban) rakes, including setting up of new maintenance depots and upgradation of existing maintenance facilities, is deferred till further advice.”

MRVC planned to finalise the contractor by September and had expected the cost of each 12-car rake to be around Rs90 crore. The first rake was expected to arrive by 2026 and at-least a 50 each year, and the entire stock by 2030.

MRVC’s chief public relations officer Sunil Udasi said, “We have postponed the tender process as we will have to incorporate a few inputs that will come from Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR). Also, we are awaiting the report of migration strategy to shift from non-AC to AC.”

Most of these services will be introduced by replacing existing non-AC services once AC rakes keep getting inducted in the fleet of CR and WR. The migration strategy will help ensure the AC rakes gets fully utilised, instead of instances when some services do not have enough patronage.

On the basis of data, the consultant will recommend how many services for slow and fast and between which destinations. These trains were planned to be made by the technology partner in their own factories ensuring Make in India guidelines.

Activist Anil Galgali said, “The AC trains are necessity as there is heavy demand but authorities are wasting their time on such a crucial project.” Member of Passenger Amenities Committee Kailash Verma said, “This shows the railway board is ignoring genuine demands of Mumbai commuters.” —Manthan K Mehta

  • Published On Jul 24, 2023 at 04:00 PM IST

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