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Private trains: 23 firms attend second pre-bid meeting; Siemens, Alstom, L&T new entrants

GMR, Bombardier, L&T, Siemens, IRCTC, Sterlite Power and Alstom have shown interest in running private trains on 109 routes in 12 clusters across India.

August 13, 2020 / 11:57 PM IST

As many as 23 firms, which included the likes of Bombardier, GMR, Siemens, CAF, Alstom Transport India, Gateway Rail, IRCTC, BHEL, BEML, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects and Titagarh Wagons, participated in the second pre-bid meeting on August 12.

In the first meeting held on July 21, 16 firms had attended the meeting.

According to sources, the companies raised queries about flexibility in clusters, eligibility criteria, bidding process, procurement of trains, fares and maintenance.

The Railways said it has reduced the Request For Qualification (RFQ) fee by one tenth for those entities participating in more than one project.