102 applicants found eligible in first stage

The ministry of railways has accomplished the analysis of purposes for operating personal trains in the nation. Of the 120 purposes, 102 have been found to be eligible to take part in the RFP (request of proposal) stage. These embody 19 applicants for each clusters of Mumbai.

“Eight members have certified for participation in RFP stage for cluster-1 of Mumbai, together with Cube Highways and Infrastructure III Pte Ltd, Consortium of Gateway Rail Freight Limited and Gateway Distriparks Limited, GMR Highways Limited, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd, IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited, Consortium of Malempati Power Private Limited and Techno Infra Developers Pvt Ltd, Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd and Welspun Enterprises Limited,” stated a senior officer of Railway Board.

Similarly, 11 applicants have certified for participation in RFP stage for cluster-2.

“Consortium of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, SA and CAF India Private Limited and CAF Investment Projects, SA is one the those 11 participants who are qualified for next level bidding process for the cluster-2 of Mumbai,” stated a railway officer who’s monitoring the venture.

Earlier railways had invited request for {qualifications} (RFQ) for personal participation in operation of passenger practice providers over 12 c comprising greater than 150 origin-destination pair of routes by means of introduction of 151 trendy trains throughout the nation.

This is the first main initiative of attracting personal funding for operating passenger trains over Indian railway community. The venture would entail personal sector funding of about Rs 30,000 crore.

The personal entities for endeavor the venture can be chosen by means of a clear two-stage aggressive bidding course of comprising of RFQ and RFP. The RFQ for 12 clusters had been revealed on July 1, 2020.

“The applications were opened on October 7. The railways received excellent response,” stated a senior officer of Railway Board.

“In all, 120 applications have been received for the 12 clusters, from 16 applicant firms 102 applications are found eligible to participate in the RFP stage including 19 applicants for both clusters of Mumbai,” stated officers.

Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of Central Railway stated, “It’s a paradigm shift wherein we expect modern technology, potential to meet huge demand in seat reservation and a win-win situation for railways and private entities.”


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