Railways: Thiruvananthapuram- Guwahati route to be privatised
New Delhi: Indian Railways will soon call a tender for 150 private trains, which was approved by Railways, in over 100 routes including Thiruvananthapuram- Guwahati.
Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee has approved the reorganization that privatises different routes. Reports suggest that tender will be called to find private operators.
The approval will be given for trains that run at a speed of 160 Kmph. The private operators can decide on the rate of journey and the technologies required. Apart from Thiruvananthapuram- Guwahati route, trains will also be plying from Mumbai to Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi and from New Delhi to Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai and from Chennai to Jodhpur.
Out of the 100 routes that are being privatized, 35 are linked to New Delhi, while 26 to Mumbai, 12 to Kolkata and 11 to Chennai. Apart from the metro cities, Gorakhpur- Lucknow, Kota- Jaipur. Nagpur- Pune are also among the routes that will be privatized as per reports.
In an interview given by Railway board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav, he said that the privatization of some of the routes and the reorganization of Railway board will be beneficial in the long term.