Udayavni Special

Private train operations likely by April 2023: Railways


PTI, Jul 2, 2020, 8:32 PM IST

New Delhi: Private train operations in the country will begin by April 2023, and the ticket fares in these trains will be competitive with airfares on similar routes, the Railways said Thursday.

Addressing a press conference online, Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav said that private players in passenger train operations will mean a quantum jump in technology and coaches that run at higher speeds.

The improvement in technology will also mean that the coaches that now require maintenance after running 4,000 km, will need maintenance after every 40,000-km, that is either once or twice a month, he said.

His statement came a day after the Railways formally kickstarted its plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains on its network by inviting request for qualifications (RFQ) for participation on 109 pairs of routes through 151 modern trains.

Allaying fears that the Railways network was being handed over to private parties, Yadav told the Thursday press conference that private participation in passenger train operations will only be five per cent of the existing 2800 Mail/Express trains over IR.

“Train sets have to be brought by private operators and maintained by them. Private train operations are likely to begin by April 2023, all coaches will be procured under Make in India policy. Fares in private trains will be competitive and prices on other modes of transport like airlines, buses will have to be kept in mind,” he said.

He also said that the introduction of private players would also mean that trains will be available on demand and that passenger waitlist will decrease.

Yadav said that the private operators will also pay fixed haulage charges for path, stations, access to railway infrastructure and charges for electricity consumed.

It will also share revenue with Indian Rawailys through competitive bidding. The private entity has to ensure 95 per cent punctuality and record not more than one failure per lakh kilometre of travel.

“If any performance indicators are not met by private players in passenger train operations they will be penalised,” said Yadav.

He also said that there will be a power meter in every locomotive and private operators will pay for the actual amount of energy consumed. This, Yadav said, will encourage them to keep their energy consumption low.

“Through this the common man will get better trains, better technology and at low cost. The Indian Railways will continue to run 95 per cent of the trains,” he said.

Top News

Sheer Coincidence: Candidate named Rahul Modi secures 420th rank in UPSC exam

Golden chapter in history of India: HM Shah on consecration of Ram temple

Ayodhya, Kashmir: Twin triumphs for Modi and Hindu nationalists?

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam tests positive for COVID-19

Yediyurappa greets people on bhoomi pujan for Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Ram Mandir will be a modern symbol of our culture and nationalist feelings: PM Modi

BJP celebrates first anniversary of revocation of J-K’s special status in Kashmir



Related Articles More

Sheer Coincidence: Candidate named Rahul Modi secures 420th rank in UPSC exam

Conspiracy to link Aaditya Thackeray to Sushant case: Shiv Sena

Golden chapter in history of India: HM Shah on consecration of Ram temple

Ayodhya, Kashmir: Twin triumphs for Modi and Hindu nationalists?

After DMK MLA’s praise for PM Modi, party suspends him

MUST WATCH

Rangayya Naik | How to Nurture a Child | Udayavani

B. S. Yediyurappa sense of duty in hospital as well; Important Files Verification | Covid Positive

MGM college’s Ravindra Mantapa Opening Ceremony | Udayavani

Success story of Khajane Agricultural farm | Mangosteen Rambutan | Udayavani

Sushant Singh Rajput Death Mystery | Udayavani Straight Talk

Latest Additions

Sheer Coincidence: Candidate named Rahul Modi secures 420th rank in UPSC exam

Udupi missing votary of Ram Janmabhoomi movement

Belgaum: Farmer’s son passes civil services exam

Conspiracy to link Aaditya Thackeray to Sushant case: Shiv Sena

Sean Penn says he married Leila George in a ‘COVID wedding’ on Zoom

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.