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Indian Railways: India will export rail wheels, 80 thousand wheels will be made every year

New Delhi. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Friday that a blueprint has been prepared to become an exporter of wheels. A tender has been floated to build a wheel plant which will manufacture at least 80,000 wheels every year. The Railway Minister has said that this is the first time that the Railways has floated a tender inviting private companies to build wheel plants and wheels for high speed trains in India.

Railways need 2 lakh wheels every year
Significantly, Indian Railways requires 2 lakh wheels every year. According to the plan, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) will supply one lakh of these wheels, the rest of the wheels will be produced at the new ‘Make in India’ plant.

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Plant to be set up within 18 months
Talking to the media, the Railway Minister said that the tender will be given on the condition that the plant will also be an exporter of wheels and its export market will be Europe. Vaishnav has said that as per the terms of the tender, the plant will have to be set up within 18 months.

The wheels of the Vande Bharat train got stuck in war-torn Ukraine and had to be airlifted to ensure their production on time. Currently, the railways largely imports wheels from Ukraine, Germany and the Czech Republic, but due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the purchase of wheels has been stalled and the railways has been forced to look for alternatives.

The Railway Minister said, ‘Today this tender has been issued. We have been importing wheels from European countries since 1960. Now we have decided to manufacture and export them. This decision has been taken after thorough technical analysis and discussion on points like availability of raw material required for this in the country.”

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