Indian Railways has finalized the tender for design, manufacture, development, integration, supply, testing, and commissioning of IGBT-based three-phase propulsion, control, and other equipment for as many as for 44 rakes of Vande Bharat type train sets, with each consisting of 16 cars. According to a recent statement released by the Railway Ministry, the procurement includes a comprehensive annual maintenance contract of five years with the supplier. The specifications were prepared after multiple deliberations with the industry at various levels for manufacturing the train sets indigenously. For the first time, the tender required a minimum of 75 per cent local content requirement of the total value.
According to the Railway Ministry, three bidders participated in the tender for 44 rakes of Vande Bharat type train sets, and the lowest offer was from the indigenous manufacturer Medha Servo Drives Limited who met the minimum local content of 75 per cent of the total value. The tender for 44 rakes of 16 car each was finalised on Medha Servo Drives Limited for all-in cost of ₹ 2211,64,59,644.