Keeping in view the infrastructural projects as well as capacity enhancement works which are underway and the ones which are in the pipeline, the zonal railways will examine the feasibility of introducing additional and new train services.
Several new world-class private trains coming! To run more world-class trains by roping in private operators, Indian Railways has provisionally selected 50 key routes! The national transporter has also asked all the zones to examine the feasibility of these routes. The decision was taken by Railway Board members during a high-level meeting, which was chaired by Member Traffic. The meeting was also attended by the Principal Chief Operations Managers of six zones – Northern Railway, North Central Railway, South Central Railway, Central Railway, South Eastern Railway and Southern Railway.
It was discussed that the private operators to run the modern passenger trains, would be selected through a transparent Request for Quote (RFQ) as well as Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Thus, the trains will be run by private operators on the allocated routes on the basis of applicable charges.
According to a railway official, a total of 50 origin/destination pairs/routes were provisionally discussed in the meeting. Keeping in view the infrastructural projects as well as capacity enhancement works which are underway and the ones which are in the pipeline, the zonal railways will examine the feasibility of introducing additional and new train services, the official said. To meet the requirement of introducing and operating additional train services, the need for building coaching terminals commensurate with line capacity enhancement was also discussed in the meeting.
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