It is not just BHEL. In fact, six companies including BHEL, Bharat Industries, Electrowaves Electronics, Medha Servo, Powernetics and CRRC Pioneer have all submitted bids for semi-high speed train sets. This is for the Vande Bharat routes. However, among these six, CRRC is a Chinese joint venture and the government stand on this subject is not too clear.

It may be recollected that the first New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express was launched by the Prime Minister in February, 2019, followed by the New Delhi / Katra Vande Bharat train. These trains run at a maximum of 160 KMPH and are electrically-operated. The train is an indigenous electric multiple unit manufactured ICF.