外文标题：Railways denies Chinese firms’ locomotive manufacturing projects for non-compliance
NEW DELHI: Citing stringent norms, Indian Railways has rejected Chinese firms' plea to relax the rules for the Rs 2,500 crore locomotive manufacturing plants in Bihar.
Two Chinese companies — CSR Corporation and CNR Corporation — had submitted bid for the Rs 1,300 crore electric locomotive project at Madhepura and Rs 1,200 crore diesel locomotive plant at Marhowra diesel locomotive project that are to be set up on public private partnership (PPP) model.
The firms, which were eyeing contracts valued at about Rs 35,000 crore over 10-11 years, had urged the Railway Board to relax the norms that stipulated the companies to have experience of operating in at least three countries. However, the Chinese companies have supplied locomotives to only two countries.
"We have told them (Chinese companies) that there would be no relaxation as the Cabinet has approved these conditions of the request for quotation (RFQ) in 2010," Railway Board chairman Arunendra Kumar said.
铁路局主席 Arunendra Kumar说，“我们已经告知他们（中国公司），不会放宽（规定），因为内阁已经在2010年批准了报价邀请函（RFQ）。”
He added, "Their request would have been considered if there was poor response, but several multinational companies have also shown interest. The response has been fairly good."
The rejection comes at a time when Chinese companies created a flutter by bidding for a share of the Railways' locomotive market, which is traditionally dominated by big-ticket American and European players. There was keen interest whether Chinese firms can make the technical grade to submit financial bids for the projects as that could have set the stage for more competitive bids.
Apart from the Chinese firms, the bidders for the proposed electric loco factory include US firm GE Global and European companies like Bombardier, Siemens and Alstom. Similarly, for the diesel loco factory, bidders include American firms GE and EMD.
CSR, in a letter to the Railway Board, had said unnecessary conditions in RFQ were restricting the project from being uncompetitive.
"It is unfair for us to be prevented to participate in the project from the RFQ stage," it says. The letter criticized the condition that a company applying for the project should have worked in at least three countries in similar line of operations.
However, Railway Board denied any bias, saying the condition was included to avail of the best of global technology.
When MMS is in Beijing to ask economical copperation and better relationship, india gov openly discriminates Chinese companies by so-called rules that particullyy target Chinese businesses. You get it? By now, India's infrastructure scale is very small comparing with China. No big hurts will be caused to the Chinese companies, but China and Chinese got India's intentions.
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Ajay Jain (Mumbai)
The condition should be changed to make the bidding more competitive and then after that the choice can be made keeping in mind technological expertise being given.
Shankar Pakki ()
Good Rly board has refused to relax the rules otherwise it would have another choppergate
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No rules should be relaxed. The contract should as be as the RFQ. Let Americans or Europeans get the contract. The Chinese are back stabbers.
did u send some crores to the Nehru clan? No, then how can you expect to get the contract? Don't you know that entire india's political and govt. services runs on bribes? Don't be stingy, splash out some dollars and our politicians and the govt. employees will sell the entire country to you on a platter. When the PM of india is corrupt and has a sale price, how can you expect to get away without aying bribes?? fools.
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Third Artillery (China)
I would say it is a good news for the Chinese Locomotive producer. If God forbid that the Indian railway bought their products, the company will be dealing with the most difficult customer in the world, they will be asked to pay a huge sum of kickback, then they will be asked to provide full liability after purchase, then the locomotive will be mal-operated and ill-maintained, then any problem due to human error will be blamed on product quality. Better Stay Away Than Being Sorry.
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