RVNL Gets Green Light to Import Rails for Kolkata Metro
India’s Ministry of Steel has permitted Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd to import 5,000 tonnes of steel products for Kolkata Metro rail project. In a meeting of the
India’s Ministry of Steel has permitted Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd to import 5,000 tonnes of steel products for Kolkata Metro rail project. In a meeting of the Standing Committee under DMI&SP Policy on 14 May 2021 decided to recommend the grant of one-time exemption for procurement of 5000 tonnes of 1080 HH rails as there is no approved domestic manufacturer available for this item at present nor is expected to be there till the delivery of these rails .
Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which is implementing 64 kilometer of Metro Corridors in Kolkata, had initiated a proposal for the procurement of 11800 tonnes of 60 Kg 110 UTS HH rails in December 2018. Ministry of Steel had granted exemption to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited L for the procurement of 6700 tonnes of 1080 grade HH rails for Kolkata Metro Rail project on 1 October 2019. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited now requested for grant of exemption for procurement of remaining 5000 tonnes of 1080 grade HH rails since the this quantity cannot be met by domestic suppliers as SAIL is not producing these rails and other domestic manufacturer JSPL has already been given development order. The material will be utilized within the next 1.5-2 years from the date of arrival at Kolkata.
As per the GFR amendment in rule 161, no global tender enquiry shall be invited for tenders upto INR 200 crore without prior approval from the competent authority. Now, for 5000 tonnes rails, no tender is required to be floated, no process approval is required, only the order is required to be placed for rolling.