Aiming to eventually end India’s import-dependence for its requirement of forged wheels, the Railways has finally decided to build a plant that will manufacture around 80,000 of the wheels used in high-speed trains and Linke Hoffman Busche coaches.
Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Friday that the plant would be set up by a private player under an assured off-take contract with the Railways in which Railways will buy 80,000 wheels for Rs 600 crore per year.
As per the tender notice, the plant is to supply 6.5 lakh tonne worth of wheels to the Railways for the next 20 years.
This is for the first time the Railways has floated a tender to invite private players to build a forged wheel plant and make wheels for high-speed trains in India, Vaishnaw said.
“We have been importing forged wheels since 1960 from European nations. Now we have decided to manufacture and also export,” he said.
Railways requires around 2 lakh forged wheels per year, a majority of which are imported. As per the plan, Steel Authority of India Limited’s Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited will provide a portion of the wheels, the rest will be provided by the proposed “Make in India” plant. The Vande Bharat train sets require these wheels.More From Political Pulse
Vaishnaw said the tender will be awarded on the condition that the plant will be an exporter of wheels too and the market will be Europe.Advertisement
Currently, the Railways imports the bulk of its wheels from countries like Ukraine, Germany and the Czech Republic. The delay in procurement due to the war in Ukraine has pushed the Railways to find a solution closer home.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day
Railways pays around Rs 70,000 per wheel when it imports them and generally these wheels last around four-five years.
“Now, we are coming up with a Make-in-India track agreement within a month, in which very high-strength tracks will also be manufactured in the country,” he said.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsPM Narendra Modi Independence Day speech full textChhattisgarh: 5 years after local news anchor went missing, her partner h...Advertisement
In May, the Railways had awarded a contract for the supply of 39,000 Vande Bharat train wheels worth Rs 170 crore to a Chinese company as deliveries from other countries got impacted due to the Russia-Ukraine war.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd