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.\r\nIR 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.\r\nThe new coach factory was included in the Railway budget of 2008-09, but has remained on the backburner until now.\r\nAn inter-ministerial group of officers has approved the draft RFQ, which will be uploaded onto the official website IR (www.indianrailways.gov.in).\r\n\u2022 Bombardier, Siemens and CSR are among six companies that have shown interest in participating in IR's project to build a new electric loco factory at Madhepura in Bihar after the request for qualification documents were opened today. Financial bids for the project will be invited by January.