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The ICF’s decision follows differences with the Indian Railways over the deadline for rolling out 44 new Vande Bharat Express trains.
Kerala govt says 18 passengers have died so far. Of the 184 passengers, 54 were stranded tourists, 26 were returning due to loss of jobs, 28 had to return as their visa expired.
Chairman V.K. Yadav said Integral Coach Factory, Rail Coach Factory and Modern Coach Factory will together manufacture the Vande Bharat trains, which will cut down time.
According to coach manufacturer ICF’s estimates, the whole process to roll out these 44 Vande Bharat train sets could take up to 78 months to complete.
The CRRC, which emerged the lone contender for the bid, could get dropped in light of the diplomatic tensions between India and China.
Railways has put out new tenders for equipment to manufacture 44 Vande Bharat train-sets, but this is set to delay launch. A senior official has alleged ‘sabotage’ in tweaked tenders.
Flagging off the train from New Delhi, Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday said Article 370 was the biggest roadblock in Jammu and Kashmir's development.
Railways informed that booking of tickets for the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express was open on the IRCTC website.
The proposed Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express is likely to be rolled out as soon as normalcy is restored in J&K.
In letter to Railway Board, senior officer Shubhranshu, one of the brains behind the Train-18 project, has said allegations of undue favour 'far from truth'.
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