NEW DELHI: The Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Specific is decided to be the first put collectively to be operated by private gamers, sources said on Monday, indicating that the Railways is going ahead with its 100-day agenda of handing over operations of two of its trains to the non-public sector, despite protests from its unions.
The Railway Board is deliberating on a 2nd such route, which too would be at some level of the five hundred-km distance differ.
The Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Specific used to be announced in 2016 but used to be introduced in the brand new time desk released not too long previously.
The put collectively, one of essentially the most-awaited trains on the route, is currently parked at the Annandnagar railway web page in
and can merely be handed over to personal gamers after an beginning bidding course of for operationalisation.
Nonetheless, the custody of the trains shall be transferred to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which is intelligent to pay for it, including their lease payments, to the financing arm, IRFC.
“These two trains shall be given on an experimental basis and we hope that at some level of the subsequent 100 days, we’re going to hunch a minimal of one of them. The opinion that used to be to call routes which own low congestion and connect crucial tourists spots. The 2nd
too shall be identified quickly,” a senior legit said.
The Delhi-Lucknow route is currently served by Fifty three trains but does not own a Rajdhani. The Swarn Shatabdi has the very excellent ask on this route and takes spherical 6:30 hours.
The IRCTC, which is intelligent to be given the 2 trains to hunch before all the issues, has been requested to finalise a proposal by July 10 and submit it to the Railway Board after a assembly of the Member, Traffic, with officials of the Railways’ tourism and catering arm on July 4.
The proposal of the Railway Board in its 100-day conception used to be to present two trains to operators who would be willing to be half of the bidding course of for rights to hunch private passenger day/overnight put collectively sets connecting crucial cities. The Railways additionally said that it would waft a Effect a matter to for Proposal (RFP) and a Effect a matter to for Quote (RFQ) in the subsequent 100 days.
The proposal, nonetheless, has attain below severe criticism from the railway unions, who own threatened natty scale protests over the train.