DFCCIL invites tender for manufacturing and supply of PSC Sleepers and Turnout Sleepers

Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) has invited open e-tenders, in Single Stage Two Packet System for Manufacture, supply, transportation and delivery of ordinary PSC Sleepers (T-7008) and Turnout Sleeper for 1:12 as per Indian Railways standard specification (with latest A & C slips) in the jurisdiction of CGM/DFCCIL/Jaipur.

  • Tender Reference Number: JP-EN-Sleepers-2023-07
  • Name of Work: Manufacture, supply, transportation and delivery of ordinary PSC Sleepers (T-7008) and Turnout Sleeper for 1:12 as per Indian Railways standard specification (with latest A & C slips) in the jurisdiction of CGM/DFCCIL/Jaipur.
  • Estimated Cost: INR 8,98,33,311.94 Crore
  • EMD: INR 17,96,700 Lakh
  • Period of Contract: 03 Months
  • Document Download / Sale Start Date: 18th April, 2023
  • Document Download / Sale End Date: 16th May, 2023
  • Pre-Bid Conference: 26th April, 2023
  • Bid Submission Start Date: 02nd May, 2023
  • Bid Submission End Date: 16th May, 2023
  • Tender Opening Date: 16th May, 2023

Supply of Sleepers:

  • This contract will be governed by IRS Conditions of Contract as amended up to date as well as the Special Conditions of Contract mentioned herein.
  • In case of conflict between the two, i.e. between IRS Conditions of Contract and Special Conditions of Contract, the provisions of Special Conditions of Contract shall prevail.


  • The supply of sleepers in accordance with the terms and conditions of this contract shall be at the accepted unit rate.
  • The quoted rate shall be inclusive of the cost of all labour and all inclusive cost of input materials (including cost of input freight if any) like HTS Wire, Inserts, Cement and coarse and fine aggregates, Fuel and Power etc., including all handling charge and duties thereon.
  • The quoted rate would also include the cost of transportation of finished sleepers to the DFC site in accordance with the approved drawing including the cost of handling involved in the process. The Cost of wooden packing as per drawings will be borne by the contractor.
  • The contract will remain current and valid for a stipulated delivery period including extensions if any, with effect from the date of acceptance of tender/counter offer, as the case may be.
  • The Purchaser also has the right to defer deliveries (i.e. slow down supplies). The purchaser shall also have the right to enhance delivery period upto 6 months on the same rates, terms and conditions at its sole discretion. Further extension, beyond 6 months may be done with mutual consent of Supplier and Purchaser.


  • Statutory variation in GST will be applicable. The purchaser will, however, not be responsible for the reimbursement of any Taxes/Levies paid by the contractor under misapprehension of law.
  • In the event of ‘GST’ input credit being extended by the Government of India to more items than those already covered on date of tender opening, the firm should advise the purchaser about the additional benefits accrued or any variation thereof, through a letter containing the following certificate.

Raw Material, Machinery and Plant:

  • The responsibility for procurement of all raw materials, machinery and plants required for the manufacture of goods shall rest entirely with the supplier.
  • 53-S grade Ordinary Portland Cement conforming to BIS Specifications IS:269:2015 as amended up to date of tender opening shall be procured by the contractor at his own from the from the Cement manufacturers having valid Bureau of Indian Standards license for manufacturing of 53-S grade Ordinary Portland Cement.
  • HTS Wires shall be procured from the firms who are approved for manufacture of HTS Wire by Bureau of Indian Standards and possess a current valid BIS License for manufacture of the particular type of wire i.e. 3 x 3 mm strand, 7/7.5 mm plain wire or 9.5 mm dia strand as the case may be.
  • SGCI Inserts shall be procured from the firms, who are approved by RDSO for the manufacture of SGCI inserts and whose approval is current and valid. SGCI Inserts can also be procured from ISO certified firms as per guidelines issued vide RDSO’s letter No. QA/CT/INSP/CI/Policy dated 25.08.2008.
  • Aggregates shall be procured by the contractor from the RDSO approved sources. If crushed sand is being used as fine aggregate in design mix concrete, then it should not be a by-product of any other manufacturing process and should be in conformity to the provisions provided for crushed sand in IRS-T-39.
  • The cement content in the concrete mix shall not be more than 450 Kg/cum. This may necessitate use of plasticizer, which shall be procured by contractor as per requirements laid in IRS-T-39. Quoted rate shall be inclusive of cost of plasticizer/admixture.


  • Suppliers ensure complete submission of Inspection & Testing plan and other submissions as per Specifications for manufacturing and obtaining approval for the same from DFCCIL.
  • Conducting all necessary inspection and testing required for the production of Sleepers and also arranging third party inspection from the nominated inspecting authority including providing all the inspection facilities.
  • Inspection of finished sleepers will also be carried out by the DFCCIL nominee of the concerned DFC unit at the contractor’s premises as per procedure and frequency decided by DFCCIL.
  • Necessary coordination with the nominated inspecting staff at the factory will have to be done by the Contractor to facilitate prescribed inspection.
  • The contractor shall be required to install and operate all necessary testing equipment required for testing the sleepers, test cubes, brickets etc. as stipulated in the IRS Specification for prestressed concrete sleepers (Pretension type).
  • The testing equipment for the same must be available at the factory site. In addition, the contractor shall arrange at his own cost for any further tests on materials, as may be indicated by the Engineer/Inspecting Officer, to be carried out at recognized Material Testing Centers/Institutes during the progress of manufacture of sleepers; even though, Test Certificates for such materials are available.
  • The passed sleepers, for which inspection certificates have duly been obtained, only shall be allowed to be taken for loading in railway wagons/road vehicles. Any damage to the sleepers in the process of loading in wagons/vehicles or carrying to the loading sites from the contractor’s premises shall be to the contractor’s account.
  • PSC mono-block concrete sleepers which are treated for surface defects as provided in the ‘Standard Specification of PSC Line Sleepers’ as amended up to date and provided at Annexure-II of this tender document shall be accepted and payment made @ 92.5% of the standard sleepers.
  • The testing of PSC line sleepers and their subsequent acceptance should be in accordance with the Standard Specifications of PSC line sleepers (IRS T-39) as amended up to date.
  • The supplier shall ensure that the necessary checks on supply of raw material eg Cement, aggregate, HTS wire, SGCI insert, as well as plants, machinery, equipments, instruments such as moulds, weigh-batching plant, stressing system, mixing & vibration system, steam curing system, demoulding and de-tensioning, water curing, product inspection and lab testing, sleeper testing and dispatch etc. are being done as per the checklists issued by Railways/Board/RDSO from time to time and record of same shall be maintained.

Compliance to provisions of STR(Schedule of Technical Requirement):

  • The production of PSC sleepers against this tender shall be permitted only when the Concrete Sleeper Plant has compiled all the provisions of STR.

Temporary suspension of production:

  • During course of execution, the production of the concrete sleepers may be temporarily suspended by DFCCIL on the advice of its inspecting officials or RDSO in serious cases of non-adherence to Specifications/Schedule of Technical Requirement or large scale rejection of sleeper (>2%) or premature failure of sleepers in track.
  • DFCCIL may order for temporary suspension of the production in above cases and direct the manufacturer to identify the defects in the manufacturing process and rectify the same within a reasonable period.
  • Production will be resumed once the manufacturer identifies and removes the defects and the same is verified by the DFCCIL Unit and/or RDSO as the case may be. While allowing resumption of production, DFCCIL may also order for higher scale of testing, till quality of production is stabilised in terms of provisions of IRS-T-39
  • The plants, which have not done any production for the past more than one year (reckoning from the issue of LOA), will be permitted to resume production only after re- validation/certification of the plant by RDSO.
  • In cases, where contract of a CSP under previous contract, had to be cancelled/terminated on account of large scale rejection(>2%)/quality issues, the production will be allowed to be resumed only after re-validation/certification of plant by RDSO and initial 10,000 sleepers will be tested and passed by RDSO.
  • Sleepers used for tests, including abrasion test, and found as per specifications and drawings shall be paid for by the Purchaser at accepted rates. Such sleepers paid for shall remain the property of the Purchaser and will be disposed of in the manner prescribed by the Purchaser from time to time.
  • The rejected sleepers shall be permanently damaged by the contractor so as to make them unusable in addition to the provisions provided in “Indian Railway specification for pre- tensioned prestressed concrete sleepers (serial no. T-39)”.
  • A certification that all rejected sleepers of previous batches have been permanently damaged and marked as per drawing, will be given by the manufacturer before offering the next batch of fresh sleepers for inspection.
  • Regular inspection of SGCI inserts will be done by M/s RITES Ltd. or any other nominated agency by DFCCIL at the manufacturer’s premises. Inspection charges & GST as applicable towards the inspection charges by RITES/Nominated Inspection agency will be borne by Supplier CSPs.
  • Besides regular inspection by RITES/Nominated inspection agency, DFCCIL officials will also conduct the inspections prescribed in Railway Board’s letter no. 98/TK-II/22/11/17/Pt. Policy, dtd. 11.08.2003.
  • Regular inspection of HTS wire will be done by Inspecting authorities nominated by Railways/DFCCIL at manufacturer’s premises in accordance with IS: 6006. In addition to this, periodical test checks by nominated Railway/DFCCIL officers to be stipulated by the Railway/DFCCIL and shall also be carried out.
  • CSPs will ensure procurement of 53-S grade Cement to requisite specification from BIS Licensee manufacturers along with their own Manufacturers Test Certificate with each consignment.
  • In addition to this, periodical test checks by nominated Railway/DFCCIL officers to be stipulated by the Railway/DFCCIL and shall also be carried out.
  • Modification to Design: In case purchaser, at any stage, during the currency of the contract, decides to make minor modifications to the design of PSC Sleeper, the supplier shall modify the moulds, manufacturing process, etc. to suit such minor modifications. The cost of such modifications will be negotiated and mutually settled and will be paid by the purchaser.


  • The Indian Railways’ quadrilateral linking the four metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Howrah, commonly known as the Golden Quadrilateral.
  • And its two diagonals (Delhi-Chennai and Mumbai-Howrah), adding up to a total route length of 10,122 km comprising 16% of the route carried more than 52% of the passenger traffic and 58% of revenue earning freight traffic of IR.
  • The existing trunk routes of Howrah-Delhi on the Eastern Corridor and Mumbai-Delhi on the Western Corridor were highly saturated, line capacity utilization varying between 115% to 150%.
  • Railways lost the share in freight traffic from 83% in 1950-51 to 35% in 2011-12.
  • The growth of the Indian economy has created demand for additional capacity of rail freight transportation, and this is likely to grow further in the future.
  • This burgeoning demand led to the conception of the dedicated freight corridors along the Eastern and Western Routes.
  • Minister for Railways, made this historic announcement on the floor of the House in the Parliament while presenting the Railway Budget for 2005-06.
  • This led to the establishment of “Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCC)”, to undertake planning & development, mobilization of financial resources and construction, maintenance and operation of the dedicated freight corridors.
  • DFCC was incorporated as a company under the Companies Act 1956 on 30th October 2006.

The Tender document can be downloaded from IREPS website www.ireps.gov.in and DFCCIL’s website www.dfccil.com

Source: DFCCIL- Tender | Image Credit (representational): DFCCIL