Proposed as a joint venture, the facility will have capacity to manufacture 400 aluminum coaches annually. Request for Qualification (RFQ) will be opened next week and the process of short-listing bidders will be completed by March 2014. The factory is planned to become operational in three years.

IR plans to contribute 26% equity in the project, which will take up a 96.3 hectare site. The Railways have already acquired land for the project.

The new coach factory was included in the Railway budget of 2008-09, but has remained on the backburner until now.

An inter-ministerial group of officers has approved the draft RFQ, which will be uploaded onto the official website IR (

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