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Indian Railways floats tenders of 200 fourth generation Vande Bharat Trains



The Indian Railways (IR) which is under the  central government has floated  tenders for fourth generation of  two hundred numbers of Vande Bharat Trains recently with light weight aluminium bodied specifications.

The interested companies have been given a deadline of November 2022 to submit their proposals. Earlier in April this year, the government has issued tenders for two hundred numbers of  third generation Vande Bharat Trains. The process of submission of papers will end in October this year.

The Narendra Modi led NDA government has already announced plans to roll out 400 numbers of Vande Bharat Trains by 2024-2025.

The maximum speed of the trains will be 200 kilometre per hour and zero discharge complete odour free toilet systems, with wheelchair moving compatibility inside the coaches for disabled or ill passengers.

Out of these 200 Vande Bharat  trains fifty percent will have concentrated power systems while the remaining 50 percent will have distributed power systems.

The life of the coaches will be 35 years. A three pin socket or USB socket will be on each passenger seat or berth for using mobile chargers and laptops.

There will be emergency exits on both sides of the coaches. The trains will be both light weight and energy efficient.

In the Budget Speech  2022-23 this year, finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman has announced to roll out 400 Vande Bharat Trains in the next three years. IR has already floated tenders of 200 sleeper type Vande Bharat Trains, the next lot will be chair car type coaches, sources said.

The IR plans to make the Vane Bharat trains better than the existing premiere trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express and plans to make it the ‘best in the class category’ which will be  at par with the best in the world in future.

The trains will have automatic doors, passenger information systems, sub pantry, CCTV, wifi connectivity, voice communication system, disabled friendly, display boards, fire safety systems, cattle guard, centralised coach monitoring systems, bio toilets, toilet occupancy indicators etc.

The Vande Bharat trains will run at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour.

The first two numbers of  Vande Bharat Trains were manufactured and delivered in 2018.



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