Indian Railways to consider offering more trains to private players in coming years

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Railways will offer more trains to private players in the coming years, Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav on Monday said. He said on private basis, the first Tejas Express train operated by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will start running between Delhi-Lucknow from October this year.

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  • He said, we are going to work on the speed enhancement of the Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah corridor to 160 kmph in the next 4 years.
  • “The Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor will be completed by 2021 which will have the speed of 100 kmph. Once these dedicated freight and passenger corridors are operational, we can introduce more trains to private players.”
  • Offering trains to private players is important for the Railways to sustain and grow, he said.
  • However, the maintenance of the train coaches, locomotives will be done by the Railways.
  • Railways will provide its own crew of loco pilots and guards to run those trains, and the private players will have the remaining of the services such as ticketing, entertainment, and other services on board the trains.
  • He said the privatisation plan will take time.
  • “We have started working on the plan and many companies have shown interest in the idea,” Yadav said.
  • The Railways has also identified the next route to run another set of Tejas Express on a private basis between Mumbai-Ahmedabad section.
  • “In Mumbai-Ahmedabad section, another Tejas Express operated by the IRCTC will start from November this year,” he said.
  • Railways is bringing some changes in the Railway Development Authority (RDA) to take proper decision on the regulatory authority and route allocation, he said.

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