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Railways cancels tender for 44 Vande Bharat train rakes
The Railways said it wants to give weightage to the Make in India programme even as a China joint venture became a bidder for the 44 Vande Bharat train rakes.

NEW DELHI, Aug 22: The Indian Railways on Friday cancelled the tender for the manufacture of 44 rakes of Train 18, which has been re-christened as Vande Bharat Express. It said a fresh tender will be floated within a week's time, giving preference to 'Make in India'. The cancellation follows a Chinese joint venture company applying as a foreign bidder.

"Tender for manufacturing of 44 nos of semi high speed train sets (Vande Bharat) has been cancelled. Fresh tender will be floated within a week as per Revised Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) order," the Railways tweeted.

The Chinese joint venture, CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Pvt Ltd, had put a bid for these trains. CRRC was the only foreign bidder among the six contenders to supply the trains.

The joint venture was formed between China-based CRRC Yongji Electric Company Ltd and Gurugram-based Pioneer Fil-Med Pvt Ltd in 2015.

India has put restrictions in its dealings with China after the Ladakh skirmishes.

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