L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Ltd, IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Cube Highways and Infrastructure III Pvt. Ltd, GMR Highways Ltd, PNC Infratech Ltd, Welspun Enterprises Ltd and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. Ltd are among 15 firms that have submitted a request for qualification (RFQ) for public-private participation (PPP) in the operation of Indian Railways' passenger trains. Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles or Grupo CAF, the Spain-based manufacturer of railway vehicles, equipment and Solaris brand of buses, is also in the list of notable applicants for the private train project.
The Ministry of Railways had invited RFQs for private participation in the operation of passenger train services for the clusters comprising 140 origin-destination pairs of routes through the introduction of 151 modern trains for operations. The highest number of RFQs (12) were received for the Mumbai-2 and Delhi-2 clusters. These are followed by the Bengaluru (11), Delhi-1, Prayagraj, Secunderabad and Jaipur (10), and Mumbai-1, Chandigarh, Howrah, Patna and Chennai (9) clusters, respectively.