China-India JV among others to bid for manufacturing Vande Bharat rakes
New Delhi/IBNS: CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited, a joint venture between China-based CRRC Yongji Electric Co. Ltd. and Gurugram-based Pioneer Fil-med Private Limited, is the only company with a foreign element to bid for the tender floated for manufacturing 44 rakes (train sets) of Vande Bharat trains, said a media report.
The Railways’ Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, had issued a tender for manufacturing 44 rakes of Vande Bharat trains on July 10 and received bids from six companies, said an HT report
The state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Bharat Industries, Sangrur, Electrowaves Electronics (P) Ltd, MEDHA Servo Drives Private Limited, Powernetics Equipment India Private Limited, are the other five bidder, the railway ministry, the HT report informed.
After the violent face off with China on June 15 last, there has been a call to keep Chinese companies out of priority sector projects and ban Chinese products at large.
Citing security issues, the government has also recently banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular video sharing app Tik Tok.
The Railways had also cancelled a tender for thermal cameras meant for ‘Covid surveillance’ and decided to issue a fresh tender after Indian companies alleged that the specifications favoured a particular Chinese company, said the Hindustan Times report.