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Tender for 44 Vande Bharat trains cancelled after bid from Chinese joint venture

New Delhi: India has cancelled a tender for making 44 semi-high speed “Vande Bharat” trains, the Railway Ministry said on Friday night. It said a fresh tender will be floated within a week and give preference to the centre’s Make in India programme.

The move to cancel the tender is a big setback for China as a Chinese joint venture CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Pvt Ltd was the only foreign bidder among the six contenders for the tender to supply the 44 sets of semi-high speed train.

“Tender for manufacturing of 44 numbers of semi high speed train sets (Vande Bharat) has been cancelled. Fresh tender will be floated within a week as per Revised Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) order,” the Railway Ministry tweeted.

The Chinese joint venture was formed between China-based CRRC Yongji Electric Company Ltd and Gurugram-based Pioneer Fil-Med Pvt Ltd in 2015.

The railways is keen to ensure that a domestic firm takes the tender and once it was felt that the Chinese joint venture was a frontrunner for the project, it was scrapped, a news agency reported quoting unnamed sources.

The Indian Railways’ Integral Coach Factory in Chennai had floated the tender on July 10.

The other five bidders were Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Bharat Industries, Sangrur, Electrowaves Electronics Pvt Ltd, Medha Servo Drives Pvt Ltd, and Powernetics Equipment India Pvt Ltd, according to the Railway Ministry.

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