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Southern Railway awards 64 commercial contracts through e-auction earning a revenue of Rs.34.60 crores, since its launch in June 2022

Bolstering its efforts towards achieving ease of doing business, Indian Railways launched e-auction for Commercial earnings and Non-Fare Revenue (NFR) contracts o­n 25th June 2022.  The e-auctions are now conducted o­nline through the ‘E-Auction Leasing’ module of Indian Railway e-Procurement System (IREPS) : .

e-auction in Southern Railway

Southern Railway, across its six divisions,  had awarded a total 64 contracts under e-auction with a value of Rs.34.60 Crores.  This includes 18 Parking contracts, 21 advertisement contracts, 19 contracts for leasing of parcel space in SLR, 3 contracts for operation of AC Paid Waiting Halls and 3 contracts for running Pay & Use toilets at railway stations.

A total of 3108 assets were identified and created by the six divisions of Southern Railway for e-auction for Commercial earnings and Non-fare revenue (NFR).  This includes assets such as SLR leasing for parcels (575), Parking (480), Advertising (1280), Pay & Use Toilets (367) and ATM (404).

Contracts awarded by Divisions of Southern Railway through e-auction (till 29th July 2022)

Salem Division has awarded a total of 28 contracts for a total value of Rs.21 Crores.  This includes 11 Parking contracts for Rs.15.83 Crores, 14 Advertisement Contracts for Rs.3.86 Crores and 3 contracts for operation of AC Paid waiting halls at railway stations at a cost of Rs.1.31 Crores.

Chennai Division has awarded a total of 8 contracts for a total value of Rs.6.61 Crores.  This includes 2 Parking contracts for Rs.2.26 Crores, 3 Advertisement Contracts for Rs.2.67 Crores and 3 leasing contracts for Rs.1.68 Crores.

Madurai Division has awarded a total of 14 contracts for a total value of Rs.2.68 Crores towards leasing for parcels.

Tiruchchirappalli Division has awarded a total of 7 contracts for a total value of Rs.1.72 Crores.  This includes 4 Parking contracts for Rs.1.68 Crores and 3 contracts for Pay & Use toilets at railway stations valued at Rs.3.5 lakhs.

Thiruvananthapuram Division has awarded a total of 6 contracts  for a total value of Rs.1.38 Crores.  This includes 4 Advertisement Contracts for Rs.58 lakhs and 2 leasing contracts for Rs.80 lakhs.

Palakkad Division has awarded o­ne Parking contract for a value of Rs.1.19 Crore. 

Advantages of e-auction

 The system obviates the need for physical registrations, with the entire process streamlined o­nline. Bidders/contractors located anywhere in the country can participate in auctions in any field unit of Indian Railways.  Self-registrations have to be done o­nline o­nly o­nce and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) can be deposited electronically.  Successful bidder would be able to receive acceptance o­nline and through e-mail in a very short span of time.  The process is simple and standardized pan-India.  The system fetches the true commercial potential of assets due to higher competition amongst bidders.  Moreover, the entire process is faster and increases the revenue of Railways.

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