The railroads take the route of 'informal voting' to end the territorial war of two departments
NEW DELHI: The territory between two wings of the railways (electric and mechanical) in which wing will handle the train games (Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express) ended on Thursday through an informal vote of members of the Board of Railways , the sources said.
They added that the majority of the members who participated in the informal voting favored the mechanical wing that drives this initiative and to maintain objectivity, both electrical and mechanical members did not participate in this process.
The manufacture and operation of the first set of trains, Vande Bharat Express, was one of the greatest successes of the railways during the first mandate of Narendra Modi government. The launch of the indigenous manufacturing train between Delhi and Varanasi was delayed due to an interdepartmental dispute.
To accelerate the manufacture of the first set of trains, the former president of the Board of Railways has entrusted the task to the mechanical wing and this was successful. The authorities said that it had put an end to the internal struggle. But shortly after the first train was made, differences emerged between the mechanical and electrical departments in terms of obtaining safety clearance.
Now, with the unanimous decision that the mechanical wing will be the main responsible for these trains, we hope that things will improve soon. At the end of the day, these are achievements of an entity. You have to break the silos, said one official.
After the production of the second set of trains, manufacturing has now almost stopped at (ICF), Chennai, after accusations of favoritism arose in the tender process of the first Train 18. Accordingly, all existing tenders awarded for the production of the third rake of Train 18 they were discarded.
Recently, the railways introduced a new bidding system for the production of the third rake of the train, giving all bidders a level playing field and guaranteeing transparency. Officials said the new tender process gives suppliers three months to request bids instead of the current three weeks.