As many as 38 World Class Private Trains will run from Delhi and Mumbai
divisons when the private sector operation of rail services kick starts in a
year or two.
Ministry of Railways has completed the evaluation of Applications received for
running of private trains. Out of 120 applications, 102 applications are
found eligible to participate in the Request for qualifications stage.
Northern India has cornered 33
services including Nine each from Allahabad and Jaipur followed by Chandigarh 8 and Patna 7.
including Kerala will have just five services
In sharp contrast Chennai region including Kerala will have just five
services followed by, Bengaluru at eight and 9 for Secunderabad. Howrah will have eight
services. The Railway owned Indian Rail Catering and Tourism coporation has
applied for all presence in all the railway clusters in North India but barring
Secunderabad it will have no presence in private sector participation in Southern parts of the country.
The applications were opened on October 7. Ministry of Railways (MOR) had invited
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for private participation in operation of
passenger train services over 12 Clusters comprising for more than 150 Origin
Destination pair of routes through introduction of 151 modern Trains.
The first major
initiative of attracting private investment for running Passenger Trains
This is the first major initiative of attracting private investment for
running Passenger Trains over Indian Railway Network. The project would entail
private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crores.
The private entities for undertaking the project would be selected through
a transparent two-stage competitive bidding process comprising of Request for
Qualification (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) In all 120 Applications have
been received for the 12 Clusters, from 16 applicant firms.