Indian Railways has made a judgment to allow the companies running the private trains to finalize the ticket prices to be charged from passengers. They will also be able to decide the cost of different amenities on the train like wi-fi food services, bed-roll, etc.
Mint has earlier reported that the national transporter has given direction to Project Information Memorandum Document (PIM) to give probable candidates help in comprehending the proposed functioning of a passenger train. PIM has also clarified that the private companies will have permission to use the current passenger reservation system for booking of tickets.
What’s noticeable here is that Indian Railways through Public-Private Partnership is in a mood to allow the running of 151 trains through the 100 busiest routes. Mint also reported that to give parity to the new players ‘non-discriminatory’ access will be given to private companies.
IR has mentioned in the PIM document that, “No new similar scheduled train will depart the originating station in the same origin-destination route within 60 minutes of the scheduled departure of the concessionaire’s train. However, this restriction shall not apply in case capacity utilization of the concessionaire train is more than 80% in the previous three months,”
One of the reasons for railway privatization is that they will be able to offer services in the routes where until now the national transporter was not able to meet passenger high demand. Also, it is being supposed that the involvement of private trains will be upgraded with the latest technology reducing the journey time significantly.