First set of personal trains to be launched by 2023: Indian Railways timeline

New Delhi, July 19

The first set of 12 personal trains shall be launched in 2023, adopted by 45 extra within the subsequent fiscal, in response to an preliminary timeline drawn by the railways which plans to roll out all 151 such practice companies by 2027, officers stated.

In a proper kick-start to its plans to permit personal entities to function passenger trains on its community, the railways earlier this month invited proposals from corporations to run 151 fashionable passenger trains on 109 pairs of routes throughout the nation. The venture would entail a non-public sector funding of about Rs 30,000 crore.

As a part of the plan for personal trains, the railways has deliberate to introduce 12 trains in 2022-23, 45 in 2023-2024, 50 in 2025-26 and 44 extra within the subsequent fiscal, taking the full variety of trains to 151 by the top of FY 2026-2027.

The request for qualification (RFQ), which was floated on July 8, is prone to be finalised by November, the monetary bids shall be opened by March, 2021 and number of bidders is deliberate by April 31, 2021, in response to a timeline for introduction of personal passenger trains ready by the railways.

Bidders quoting the best share in gross income shall be awarded the venture, officers stated.

“We have worked out a plan by which we hope to begin private train operations. Tenders will be finalised by March 2021 and trains will operate from March, 2023,” a senior official stated.

The railways has stated 70 per cent of the personal trains shall be manufactured in India which shall be designed for a most velocity of 160 kmph.

There can be a discount in journey time by round 10-15 per cent at 130 kmph and round 30 per cent at 160 kmph. The operating time taken by a practice shall be akin to or sooner than the quickest practice of Indian Railways working within the respective route.

The personal participant pays the railways fastened haulage costs, vitality costs as per precise consumption and a share in gross income decided by means of a clear bidding course of. The railways is anticipated to obtain complete haulage costs of round Rs 3,000 crore every year from operation of those 151 trains, they stated.

These trains shall be operated by the motive force and guard of Indian Railways.

The operation and upkeep of those trains can be ruled by requirements and specs and necessities specified by Indian Railways. The operation of the trains by the personal entity shall conform to the important thing efficiency indicators like punctuality (95 per cent), reliability (not multiple failure for one lakh km of journey), maintenance of trains and different requirements.

The railways additionally has pre-specified penalties which shall be recovered from the personal gamers for failure to fulfill the prescribed efficiency requirements and outcomes. Similarly, penalties shall be pre-specified within the Concession Agreement for the failure on the a part of the railways, officers stated. — PTI


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