After private trains, Indian Railways explores public-private route to boost infra on 12 clusters

Indian Railways is exploring the use of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model for few initiatives to bridge the gap in capital funding and to induct modern technologies and improve efficiencies.

One of the PPP initiatives is to invite partners to invest and induct modern rakes over select routes to provide world-class services to the passengers. As part of this initiative, Ministry of Railways (MoR) has invited applications for investment and induction of modern rakes over select routes through the PPP model to provide world-class services to the passengers, the Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Accordingly, the railway ministry has issued 12 Requests for Qualification (RFQs) on July 1, 2020, for the operation of passenger trains over approximately 109 origin-destination pairs (divided into 12 clusters) through PPP on Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) basis.

The routes are spread across various states covering the entire Indian Railway network straddling across the boundaries of the States and the list is available in the public domain namely. However, the responsibility of train operations and safety certification rests with Indian Railways in all such cases. 

Besides, it has been decided that the crew, such as drivers and guards, required for the operation of trains through PPP mode shall be provided by Indian Railways, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal said in a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.