15 companies submit bids for Indian Railways' Rs 22,500 crore private train project

Anushka Khare Posted on: 2020-01-12 11:01:09 Viewer: 2,315 Comments: 0 Country: India City: New Delhi

15 companies submit bids for Indian Railways' Rs 22,500 crore private train project

New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The Indian Railways has received an overwhelming response from the national and international companies for its ambitious private train project. A total of 15 firms have submitted their bids to run private trains on 12 identified clusters with 109 origin-destination routes of Indian Railway Network.

According to Railways, as many as 151 passenger trains are expected to be operated by private players on these routes. The following bidders have submitted their bids in response to the tender invited by the Railway Board in the first week of July 2020. 

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  • Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarrriles, S.A (CAF)
  • Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)
  • L&T Infrastructure Limited
  • Arvind Aviation
  • Cube Highways and Infrastructure Pte. Ltd
  • Gateway Rail Freight Limited
  • GMR Highways Limited
  • IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited
  • Malempati Power Private Limited
  • Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited
  • PNC Infratech Limited
  • RK Associates and Hoteliers Private Limited
  • Sainath Sales and Services Private Limited
  • Welspun Enterprises Limited

This mega investment plan will be a game-changer both for the Indian Railways and passengers who will benefit from world-class train services. The private train operators will be allowed to charge passengers market-linked railway fares whereas Indian Railways will provide track and signalling infrastructure and take haulage charges from the private operators.

Rolling Stock features

Private train operators are encouraged to use the latest technologies and top quality features in the trains. From passenger safety to modern GPS enabled announcement system, Indian Railways has made a list of the new technologies such as:

  • Modern design bogies, stainless steel exteriors or aluminium exteriors and brake systems. Improved safety features with fire retardant interiors, modern couplers with anti-climbing features must be there.
  • Folding steps for easy access to physically challenged passengers.
  • GPS-enabled passenger announcement system for onboard announcements for station arrivals, time to next station or destination, safety announcements should be included as well.
  • Optimum passenger comfort through the use of bogies with superior ride index, efficient air conditioning with automatic temperature and humidity control, superior interiors and toilets.

Clusters-wise Investment Opportunity

  • Bengaluru: Rs 2,863 crore
  • Chandigarh: Rs 2,510 crore
  • Chennai: Rs 3,221 crore
  • Delhi 1 & 2: Rs 4,658 crore
  • Howrah: Rs 2,510 crore
  • Jaipur: Rs 2,329 crore
  • Mumbai 1 & 2: Rs 4,840 crore
  • Patna: Rs 2,329 crore
  • Prayagraj: Rs 2,329 crore
  • Secunderabad: Rs 2,510 crore

Identified Routes

Here is a list of 12 clusters in which 100 routes identified to allow private train operators to run over 150 Rolling Stock (trains):-

MUMBAI CLUSTER 1

  • Kalburgi-Panvel Triweekly
  • Panvel-Madgaon Triweekly
  • Panvel-Aurangabad Biweekly
  • Ajni-Panvel Daily
  • Panvel-Chennai Biweekly
  • Pune-Guwahati Weekly
  • Panvel-Manduadih Daily
  • Panvel-Kanpur Daily

MUMBAI CLUSTER 2

  • Mumbai Central-New Delhi Daily
  • Jogeshwari-Tilak Bridge Daily
  • Dadar-Vatva Daily
  • Udhna-Dadar Daily
  • Dadar-Vadodara Daily
  • Bandra (T)-Jaipur Weekly
  • Indore-Okhla Daily
  • Bandra (T)-Akola Triweekly
  • Udhna-Asansol Weekly

MUMBAI CLUSTER 3

  • Panvel-Santragachi Daily
  • Hadapsar-Okhla Daily
  • Parel-Shirdi Triweekly
  • Parel-Kolhapur Weekly
  • Habibganj-Hadapsar Biweekly
  • Allahabad-Panvel Weekly
  • Allahabad-Pune Weekly
  • Patna-Hadapsar Weekly

MUMBAI CLUSTER 4

  • Udhna-Manduadih Weekly
  • Udhna-Patna Weekly
  • Indore-Danapur Triweekly
  • Allahabad-Ahmedabad Weekly
  • Kanpur-Bandra (T) Biweekly
  • Gorakhpur-Jogeshwari Biweekly
  • Ajmer-Jogeshwari Daily
  • Sant Hirdaram Nagar-Bandra (T) Daily

DELHI CLUSTER 1

  • Anand Vihar-Darbhanga Biweekly
  • New Delhi-New Rishikesh Daily
  • Holambi Kalan-Chheharta 6 days
  • Holambi Kalan-Chandigarh Daily
  • Anand Vihar-Katra 6 days
  • New Delhi-Haridwar Daily
  • Faizabad-Bhatinda Daily
  • Lucknow-Jammu Tawi 6 days

DELHI CLUSTER 2

  • Okhla-TCTB Daily
  • Chennai-Okhla Daily
  • Tilak Bridge-Gomtinagar Daily
  • Bijwasan-Sabarmati Daily
  • Anand Vihar-Bhagalpur Weekly

DELHI CLUSTER 3

  • Chandigarh-Sultanpur Biweekly
  • New Delhi-Chandigarh 6 days
  • Ambala-Allahabad Daily
  • Kanpur-New Delhi Daily
  • Lalkuan-Delhi 5 days
  • New Delhi-Gorakhpur Biweekly
  • New Delhi-Manduadih Daily
  • Shakurbasti-Ajmer Daily
  • Habibganj-Holambi Kalan Biweekly
  • Kota-Nizamuddin Daily
  • Bandra (T)-Jaipur Weekly
  • TCTB-Jaipur Weekly
  • Jaipur-Udhampur 6 days
  • Jaipur-Kota Daily

PATNA CLUSTER 1

  • New Delhi-Patna Daily
  • Gaya-Anand Vihar Triweekly
  • Panvel-Patna Weekly
  • Darbhanga-Jogeshwari Weekly
  • Patliputra-TCTB 5 days
  • Gorakhpur-TCTB Biweekly
  • Allahabad-TCTB Weekly

GUWAHATI CLUSTER 1

  • Guwahati-Tilak Bridge Triweekly
  • Katihar-Tilak Bridge Triweekly
  • Kishanganj-Tilak Bridge Weekly
  • Barauni-Anand Vihar Biweekly
  • Kochuveli-Guwahati Triweekly
  • TCTB-Guwahati Weekly
  • Secunderabad-Guwahati Biweekly
  • Habibganj-Agartala Weekly

CHENNAI CLUSTER 1

  • Tambaram-Madurai Daily
  • Chennai-Charlapalli Daily
  • Tambaram-TCTB Daily
  • Chennai-Coimbatore Daily
  • Tirunelveli-Tambaram Daily
  • Tambaram-Tiruchchirappalli Daily
  • Chennai-Bhagat Ki Kothi Weekly
  • Kanniyakumari-Tambaram Daily

SECUNDERABAD CLUSTER 1

  • Charlapalli-Srikakulam Daily
  • Lingampalli-Tirupati Daily
  • Guntur-Lingampalli Daily
  • Varanasi-Charlapalli Weekly
  • Charlapalli-Panvel Weekly
  • Vijaywada-Visakhapatnam Triweekly
  • Visakhapatnam-Tirupati Triweekly
  • Shalimar-Charlapalli Daily

HOWRAH CLUSTER 1

  • Tatanagar-Shalimar Daily
  • Shalimar-Pune Weekly
  • Howrah-Chennai Daily
  • Shalimar-TCTB Daily
  • Hatia-TCTB Weekly
  • Puri-Shalimar Triweekly
  • New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Weekly
  • Howrah-Anand Vihar Daily
  • Howrah-Patna Daily
  • Howrah-Malda Town Daily
  • Sealdah-Guwahati Biweekly
  • Anand Vihar-Chhapra Biweekly
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