The winning supplier will be expected to produce 800 8.95MW twin Bo-Bo locomotives over 11 years while undertaking maintenance of a specified number of electric locomotives at the facility. The ministry plans to pre-qualify and shortlist suitable applicants who have up to 11.00 on June 20 to submit bids.

General Electric, Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens were shortlisted for a previous contract to build an electric locomotive plant at Madhepura which broke down in 2009 after Indian Railways attempted to alter the terms of the bidding documents. The new electric and diesel locomotive plants are considered an essential element of Indian Railways plans to update much of its life-expired rolling stock.

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