Railways tender ‘tailor-made’ to favour private player

By , TNN

NEW DELHI: In what appears to be another scam in the railways, officials inflated the requirement of coaches for 2013-14 and then came out with “tailor-made” criteria to favour a particular private company.

Documents with TOI suggest that officials in the Railway Board justified the requirement of 500 GS (general second-class) coaches to be procured from public sector unit BEML and ‘other sources’ under the coach production programme for 2013-14.

This was in addition to the demand of 1,150-1,200 coaches being met by railway undertakings such as the Integral Coach Factory and Rail Coach Factory (Kapurthala and Rae Bareli) for the same year.

In June 2013, railways invited tenders from private players for the additional 500 GS coaches at an expected cost of around Rs 250 crore. The tender process is still to be finalized. More info

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