The bids for manufacturing 72 new local trains were accepted by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) in December last year, but to date the contract has not been awarded to any company.
The delay has not gone down well with the World Bank, which will partly fund the production of new 12-coach trains. On July 29, a team from the organisation met officials of the Railway Ministry and expressed concerns about the project getting stalled.
The plan to get new trains is part of the World Bank-aided Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). The bidding process for the same was held at MRVC’s headquarters in Churchgate on December 7, 2010.
Sources in the ministry said that a manufacturer would be finalised soon. The new chairman of the Railway Board, Vinay Mittal, had some queries about the bidding process and he would forward them to MRVC.
Alongwith this, production of existing rakes too has almost come to a standstill, with about 1 rake being despatched per month. Overall, not a good state of affairs.
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