Indian Railways has chosen 100 routes to run 150 non-public passenger practice rakes and bids for the routes are prone to be invited subsequent month, a senior railway official has informed ET Journal.

With finance ministry’s Public Non-public Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) giving in-principal approval to the proposal on December 19, the trail has been cleared for the railways to roll out its reform in participating non-public operators, ending its lengthy monopoly in operating passenger trains.

The official, who didn’t need to be named, mentioned the most important long-distance routes recognized for bidding embrace Mumbai-Kolkata, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Guwahati, New Delhi-Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram-Guwahati, New Delhi-Kolkata, New Delhi-Bengaluru, New Delhi-Chennai, Kolkata-Chennai and Chennai-Jodhpur.

Different distinguished routes embrace Mumbai-Varanasi, Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Lucknow, Mumbai-Nagpur, Nagpur-Pune, Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam, Patna-Bengaluru, Pune-Patna, Chennai-Coimbatore, Chennai-Secunderabad, Surat-Varanasi and Bhubaneswar-Kolkata. Some routes connecting New Delhi to Patna, Allahabad, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Katra, Gorakhpur, Chhapra and Bhagalpur have additionally been chosen.

Industrial viability appears to be the important thing yardstick in selecting the routes. Thirty-five of the 100 routes will connect with New Delhi, 26

to Mumbai, 12 to Kolkata, 11 to Chennai and eight to Bengaluru, all metropolitan cities.


Among the proposed non-metro routes embrace Gorakhpur-Lucknow, Kota-Jaipur, Chandigarh-Lucknow, Visakhapatnam-Tirupati and Nagpur-Pune.


When contacted, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav confirmed the railways is figuring out routes for personal trains. “PPPAC has already cleared the Railways’ proposal of inviting bids from non-public gamers to run 150 trains. The bids will probably be invited quickly, perhaps in 10-15 days. It will likely be a milestone for Indian Railways,” Yadav informed ET Journal.

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He mentioned the introduction of personal trains together with the federal government’s transfer to restructure the Railway Board could have long-term spinoffs in the way in which the nationwide transporter functioned. He refused to present extra particulars.

ET Journal, in its September 22 version, was the primary to report that Indian Railways was planning to induct 150 non-public trains. Within the second week of October, Indian Railways arrange an empowered committee of secretaries beneath NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to look at the proposal. Railway Board chairman, secretaries on the division of financial affairs and ministry of housing & city affairs and three senior railway officers are members of the panel.

Since then, the group has met 5 occasions, indicating the urgency of the plan to induct non-public trains. “Indian Railways has determined to have interaction three to 4 non-public operators for operating trains designed to maneuver at a most pace of 160 kmph. Non-public operators will probably be allowed to decide on their know-how and decide the fare,” the senior railway official mentioned.

Names of the non-public gamers fascinated about bidding for the routes will doubtless be recognized at a stakeholders’ assembly scheduled for December 31 in New Delhi. The empowered group of secretaries has additionally given a go-ahead to the modernisation of a number of railway stations. Nagpur, Gwalior, Amritsar and Sabarmati had been bid out final week, for an indicative improvement value of Rs 1,300 crore, the official mentioned.