The Big Picture - Private Trains in India
Niti Aayog and Indian Railways have come out with a discussion paper for running 150 trains on 100 routes by private operators. The recommendations of the high powered committee envisaging an investment of 22500 crore rupees have been put in public domain for stakeholder consultations. The 100 identified routes which include Mumbai Central - New Delhi , Patna - New Delhi , Howrah- Chennai and Lucknow - Jammu Tawi etc. have been split in to 10-12 clusters. As per the report the private operator will have the right to collect market linked fares and will be provided flexibility of class composition and halts.
The aim for thisove is said to ensure world class service experience to passengers , reduce supply demand deficit and introduce modern technology.