New Delhi: The country’s high-speed Vande Bharat train is now made of aluminium, so these trains will prove to be lighter, more energy efficient than before. According to information, Vande Bharat train coaches will now be made of aluminum instead of steel. In the first phase, 100 aluminum-bodied Vande Bharat trains will be introduced.
For this, the Railways recently invited bids for the new Vande Bharat Aluminum Trains, based on which many companies bid for manufacturing and maintenance of the trains. Among these applicants, France’s Alstom, Hyderabad-based Medha Servo Drives bid for the project. A joint venture between Russian firm Transmushholding (TMH) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) has placed the lowest bid for the manufacture and maintenance of 200 Lightweight Vande Bharat trains.
According to the information, the consortium has bid for around Rs 58,000 crore, of which Rs 120 crore is the cost of building a train set. Which is lower than the cost of the last Bande Bharat train built by ICF-Chennai at Rs 128 crore per set. The second lowest bid was from Titagarh-Bell, which quoted a build-to-India cost of Rs 139.8 crore.
Although no official announcement has been made yet, it is believed that the upcoming Vande Bharat trains will now be manufactured by Russian firm Transmash Holding (TMH) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).
The country has so far received only ten Bande Bharat trains, far short of the set target of 200 Bande Bharat trains. Therefore, Railways has decided to take the cooperation of private companies to speed up the construction of trains.
For the first time, the Vande Bharat trains manufactured by these companies will have aluminum coaches. Until now these semi-high speed trains were made of stainless steel. Aluminum body will make Vande Bharat trains lighter and more energy efficient. Also, the cost of these trains will also come down.
As per the terms of the railway agreement, Indian Railways will provide infrastructure and factory manufacturing ring facilities to these companies. But besides building the trains, these companies also have to help maintain them for the next 35 years. (Input-IANS)