Some of the major railway routes in India could soon have private trains – which is a business plan that the Indian Railways wants to implement on a wider scale throughout the country.
According to reports, there will be added facilities and better comfort for passengers in these private trains. Two Tejas Express trains had been earlier granted by the Indian Railways to be run by private operators and which will operate in the Lucknow-New Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad railway routes.
According to reports, 24 routes have so far been identified by the Indian Railways which can allow the plying of private trains. It is expected that better systematic running between destinations and better services would be available to travelers on private trains on these routes.
According to reports, the various regional railway segments have been directed by the Indian Railways to identify those roués within their jurisdiction that can be used to run private trains. Each zonal railway offices have to submit a report to this effect by this week. The Indian Railways will then decide on the final list of routes.
In the meanwhile, some broad routes have already been proposed by the Indian Railways which includes Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jammu/Katra, Delhi-Howrah, Secunderabad-Hyderabad, Secunderabad-Delhi, Delhi-Chennai, Mumbai-Chennai, Howrah-Chennai and Howrah-Mumbai, for running private trains. The private operators would be chosen through a participative bid process.
A host of routes that have intercity expresses are also being considered by the Indian Railways for running private trains and have identified a number of popular routes which include Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Aurangabad, Mumbai-Madgaon, Delhi-Chandigarh/Amritsar, Delhi-Jaipur/Ajmer, Howrah-Puri, Howrah-Tata, Howrah-Patna, Secunderabad-Vijaywada, Chennai-Bengaluru, Chennai-Coimbatore, Chennai-Madurai and Ernakulam-Trivandrum routes.
On the other hand, the Tejas Express operated by private parties is ready to be rolled out in the Lucknow-Delhi route. The cost for a AC chair car ion the train would be INR 1125. The cost of the same ticket on the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express has been affixed at INR 1280. A fare of INR 2310 has been decided for the Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express Executive chair car while it has been set at INR 2450for thesame for Delhi-Lucknow route.
(Adapted from TheTimesofIndia.com)