Private train operators given freedom to choose halt stations: Railways

Private train operators given freedom to choose halt stations: Railways

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NEW DELHI: Private trains will be assigned more than 150 trains to run 109 routes on the railways, which will be free to choose the halt stations of the trains they operate, which the National Transporter has issued.
However, private operators will have to submit to the Railways in advance a list of such intermediate stations on the routes of trains where they are already proposing the halt.
Private operators will have to provide time and time again at intermediate railway stations, which will form part of the train operation plan. It is to be submitted in advance and must be in force for at least one year, after which it can be amended, a draft concession agreement states.
“As per the terms of the concession agreement, Railways has stated that one of the private players participating in the pre-application meetings said in response,” The concessionaire will have the flexibility to decide the stay / halt. ”
Railways have also said that the number of such halts of private trains will not exceed the number of existing halts of the fastest train of the railway running on that route. The train operation plan submitted by private operators will also include stations at which trains have to fill water tanks and railway stations, washing lines or stabile lines, as it may be, on which the train will have toilets. To be empty.
The fare of private trains starting operations by 2023 will not be regulated by any authority and will be decided by private operators based on market conditions.
Bombardier Transport India, Siemens Limited, Alstom Transport India Limited are among the 23 firms that have taken interest in running private vehicles.
The first venture of its kind, the project of bringing in private players to run trains, is expected to see private sector investment of around Rs 30,000 crore.
109 pairs of routes have been formed into 12 clusters that will cover major parts of the Indian railway network. The project aims to upgrade the passenger experience on the railway network to world class standards with modern train rakes, most of which will be built in the country under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The Indian Railways will accrue by levying the transportation fees and energy charges set by the private entity according to the actual consumption. The national transporter will also get a share in gross revenue which will be decided through a transparent bidding process.
By now, private train operators will need to access the Railways’ PRS (Passenger Reservation System) for managing and distributing their ticket lists. The document states that they may have to pay a charge to the Indian Railways for using such a reservation system.

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