Railways to induct ‘Public Private Partnership’ to boost infrastructure

The Indian Railways has planned to induct ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) to boost infrastructure and there is no proposal to privatise the railways, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in Lok sabha.

Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha said that railways would need capital investment of ? 50 lakh crores up to the year 2030 for network expansion and capacity augmentation, rolling stock induction and other modernization works to enable better delivery of passenger and freight services and to improve its modal share in transport.

In order to bridge the gap in capital funding and bring in modern technology and efficiencies, it is planned to use the PPP model in few initiatives including induction of modern rakes to run passenger trains on select routes with an objective to provide improved service delivery to passengers, he said. However, the work of train operations and safety certification will continue to be with railways in all such cases, he added.

“The existing passenger train services shall not be affected by the operation of passenger train services in PPP mode. The train services to be operated in PPP mode shall be additional trains, aimed at increasing the availability of train services to the public. The operator selected through a transparent bidding process shall be entitled to collect fare from the passenger based on market conditions commensurate with the level of services provided by him,” he said.

The minister also informed that measures to improve safety and security in Railways are being taken including trains are escorted by Railway Protection Force daily on vulnerable and identified routes,  security help line number 182 is operational for security related assistance to passengers in distress. Besides, the railways are in regular touch with passengers to enhance security and to address their security concern through various social media platforms viz. twitter, facebook etc.