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The Ministry of Railways, Government of India today invited request for qualifications (RfQ) from the private companies run trains over 109 pairs of routes by introducing 151 modern trains on Public-Private Partnership.
The 109 pairs have been formed into 12 Clusters across the Indian Railway network. Each Train shall have a minimum of 16 coaches. The 12 clusters are Mumbai-1, Mumbai-2, Delhi-1, Delhi-2, Chandigarh, Hawrah, Patna, Prayagraj, Secunderabad, Jaipur, Chennai and Bengaluru.
The project would entail private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore. This is the first initiative of private investment for running Passenger Trains over Indian Railways network.
According to the Railway Board, majority of Trains to be manufactured in India under “Make in India” initiative. The private entity shall be responsible for financing, procuring, operation and maintenance of the trains.
Trains shall be designed for a maximum speed of 160 kmph. There would be a substantial reduction in journey time.The running time taken by a train shall be comparable to or faster than the fastest train of Indian Railways operating in the respective route.
The objective of this initiative is to introduce modern technology rolling stock with reduced maintenance, reduced transit time, boost job creation, provide enhanced safety, provide world class travel experience to passengers, and also reduce demand supply deficit in the passenger transportation sector.
The Concession Period for the project shall be 35 years.
The private companies shall pay to Indian Railways fixed haulage charges, energy charges as per actual consumption and a share in Gross Revenue determined through a transparent bidding process.
These trains shall be operated by the Driver and Guard of Indian Railways.
The operation of the trains by the private entity shall conform to the key performance indicators like punctuality, reliability, upkeep of trains etc.
Operation and maintenance of the passenger trains would be governed by standards & specifications and requirements specified by Indian Railways.
A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled on 21 July 2020 at 11.30 hrs at 2nd Floor, Conference Room, Rail Bhawan, Raisina Road, New Delhi – 110001.
RFQ documents can be uploaded from Govt. of India’s CPP portal from 1st July 2020 to 8th September 2020 up to 1100 hrs (IST) on payment of Rs 2,36,000/- towards cost of tender documents.
The bids can be submitted by or before 8th September 2020 till 1100 hrs (IST) and the tender will be opened on same day at 1130 hrs (IST).
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