Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Keen airline firms touch down to run trains

New Delhi: Indian Railways passengers can look forward airline like services in trains as several top companies including Vistara and Spice Jet have expressed interest to operate trains on high demand routes.
In the meeting convened by the Ministry of Railways recently to elicit responses from private companies to run trains, several companies including airlines, travel agencies and hospitality have shown enthusiasm.
Companies including Vistara, Spice Jet and R K Caterers have shown interest in the project. Even Indigo and Make My Trip have also enquired about the proposal with railways, an official told DH.
The national transporter wanted to offer about 150 trains at an estimated cost of Rs 23,000 crore to private players for running passenger trains on select routes in next four years, said the official.
The government constituted a high-level panel comprising Niti Aayog CEO, Railway Board Chairman, Secretaries of Economic Affairs and Urban and Housing Ministry to drive the process in a time-bound manner.
28/10/19 Ajith Athrady/Deccan Herald

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