INDIA: The Ministry of Railways has issued a request for qualifications for a contract to set to establish on a joint venture basis an electric multiple-unit and metro car factory at Kanchrapara, north of Kolkata in West Bengal.

Around 150 acres of railway land has been allocated for the project. It is envisaged that the factory would produce around 500 metro, local and inter-city EMU cars annually over 10 years, which would then be maintained by the supplier.

The RFQ was issued on October 1, with applications invited by December 10. The Ministry of Railways plans to announce a shortlist within 30 days of this deadline, with bids to be submitted by March 25 2016. The contract would then be awarded to the lowest bidder within 30 days.