Rlys tender for 7,000 km track electrification by Mar

New Delhi : The Indian Railways (IR) is looking to float tenders for electrification of 7,000-km of track by March 2018 under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode, a source told Cogencis.

The national carrier will conduct pre-bid meetings, which for the first time may include foreign companies, the source added.

“Tenders will be of suitable size considering issues like geographical proximity and to achieve the economies of scale,” the source said. The budgetary allocation for the plan is 34.56 billion rupees.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier indicated that the network may offer large size tenders in place of the 30-40 km route size it traditionally offers.  He was in favour of offering each tender for 500 km and above to save on costs. “With electrification, seamless traction will be possible and the cost of fuel will reduce substantially,” the source said. Indian Railway aims to complete the electrification of the country’s busiest rail route in the next 36-42 months and of the entire network by 2021, Railway Board member Ghan Shyam Singh had said on October 27. State-owned Indian Railways, under the Ministry of Railways, at present has 30,000 km of electrified track, which accounts for 45% of its overall network, the fourth-largest in the world.