Saturday 12 May 2012

Railways’ New Manufacturing Plants

The Cabinet, in its meeting held on 18th February 2010, approved separate proposals of the Ministry of Railways for setting up of Electric Locomotive Factory at Madhepura, Bihar and Rail Coach Factory at Kanchrapara, under Joint Venture with respective partners selected through international competitive bidding. 
For electric locomotive factory at Madhepura, bidders have been short listed after finalization of Request for Qualification (RFQ). Thereafter, Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to the short listed bidders. However, currently, the RFP documents are being modified. Modified bid documents will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval. Fresh RFP documents will be issued to the pre-qualified bidders after obtaining approval of the Cabinet.
For Kanchrapara factory, bidders have been short listed after finalization of RFQ. RFP documents are currently under finalization. The works relating to land development, electric supply arrangements, road and rail connectivity are in progress. Railway manufacturing units are set up keeping in view the Railway’s overall requirement of Rolling Stock. The existing and those already planned Rolling Stock manufacturing units are considered adequate to meet the Railways requirement and there is no plan, at present, to set up any Rolling Stock manufacturing unit in Maharashtra. 
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

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