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China link: Tender for 44 Vande Bharat trains cancelled

China link: Tender for 44 Vande Bharat trains cancelled

NEW DELHI: The railways on Friday cancelled the tender for manufacturing of 44 sets of semi-high speed train set or Vande Bharat. A company with Chinese partner had put a bid for these trains.

The ministry said a fresh tender will be floated within a week as per Revised Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order.

The latest ‘public procurement’ order gives preference to local suppliers. It has introduced a concept of Class-I, II and non-local suppliers, based on which they will get preference in government purchases of goods and services. Class-I local suppliers will get the most preference in all government purchases because their domestic value addition is 50% or more. They will be followed by Class-II suppliers, whose value addition range is more than 20% cent but less than 50%.

The railway ministry announced on Friday that businesses, traders and suppliers can dial 139 to transport goods by Indian Railways. Till now this helpline number was meant to get train status.

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