Railway to continue land monetisation, hold pre-bid meeting via video-conferencing

The Indian Railways is looking to monetize land parcels by conducting pre-bid meetings via video conferencing during COVID19.

Rail Land Development Authority, a statutory authority, under the Ministry of Railways, for development of vacant railway land for commercial use, has started a digital model to ensure seamless operations during the lockdown.

RLDA has invited bids for leasing various land parcels and is conducting pre-bid meetings via video conferencing to sustain the momentum.

“Initially for two RFQ’s – Development of Dehradun railway station and Tirupati railway station Pre-Bid meetings are likely to be done online,” said a RLDA official.

Employees are working from home to ensure minimum impact of the lockdown in the day to day operations of the Authority. The employees are maintaining communication via email, Whatsapp, video conferencing and leveraging other IT tools. RLDA has also sensitized the employees to maintain social distancing and take all necessary precautions to reduce the transmission risk of the coronavirus.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be conducting all Pre-bid meetings through video conferencing to fight this pandemic. All queries of the stakeholders shall be answered on the spot through video conferencing or later by e-mails,” said Ved Parkash Dudeja, Vice- Chairman, Rail Land Development Authority.

Since the announcement of the lockdown, RLDA has adhered to the guidelines laid by the Government of India to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, the Indian Railway has approximately 43,000 hectares of vacant land across India.

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