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Indian Railways Signed Supply Contract with Indo-Russian JV Kinet Railway Solutions

Published on September 30, 2023
Current Context: The Indian Railways has signed a supply contract with Kinet Railway Solutions, an Indo-Russian joint venture, for manufacturing 120 Vande Bharat trains, along with maintenance services for 35 years.
Indian Railways Signed Supply Contract with Indo-Russian JV Kinet Railway Solutions
  • Kinet Railway Solutions is a joint venture between Metrowagonmash (MWM) and Locomotive Electronic Systems (LES) from Russia, and India’s Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) from India.
  • The contract was signed after resolving some issues related to the US sanctions imposed on some Russian partners in the joint venture. The joint venture has assured that no third-country sanctions will affect the realization of the Vande Bharat project in India.
  • The Vande Bharat trains will be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, with the technical support and guidance from Kinet Railway Solutions.
  • The Vande Bharat trains will have various features such as automatic doors, bio-vacuum toilets, CCTV cameras, GPS-based passenger information system, modular seats, and fire alarm system.

Question:

Q.1 Which joint venture has signed a contract with Indian Railways for manufacturing 120 Vande Bharat trains?
a. Kinet Railway Solutions
b. Bombardier Transportation
c. Alstom Transport India
d. Siemens Mobility India

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