Major companies from India and abroad are keen to run private trains in India. Apart from this, they also include companies like Talgo, Hyundai, and Bombardier which also manufacture trains themselves. In the same Indian companies, in addition to large groups like Tata, Adani, the company offering catering services in trains like RK Associates also wants to run trains. It is believed that Indian companies, inexperienced in train operation, will bid to run 150 trains on hundred routes in collaboration with experienced foreign companies. Along with this, Railways is soon going to invite preliminary level eligibility (RFQ) tenders. Before issuing RFQ tenders, the railways had called a conference of interested companies in the country and abroad.
In this, Vanda Bharat train company Medha, heavy equipment and railway coach PSU BEML, from India. Adani Ports and SEZ, which runs Pipavav Port Freight trains in Gujarat, and RK Associates, a company providing catering services on trains, are also included. Along with this, Bharat Forge, which formed Tata Realty and Loco Part of the Tata group, was involved in the realty business and Essel Group in the infrastructure and entertainment sector. Among the foreign companies involved are Bombardier of America, Hitachi of Japan, CRRC of China, Alstom of France, Siemens of Germany, Hyundai of South Korea and the name of Spanish company Talgo which has shown its semi-high speed train trials in India.
In the pre-bid conference, IRCTC, a railway company that has run two 'Tejas' trains with the support of the private sector, also participated. In this, the terms of the tender were discussed. According to sources, most of the companies agreed to the proposed haulage fee and revenue sharing ratio from the railways. In addition to the fare in revenue, there will be revenue from advertisements outside and inside the train. The same companies or consortium can be selected for financial tenders. Those with experience of business in train operations or construction or transport sector in addition to fixed capital.