The 214-km railway line from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Ernakulam within the State figures within the 28 railway corridors within the nation recognized for roping in personal gamers for practice operations.
The busy hall of the railway community of the State has figured within the corridors recognized as per the Ministry’s 100-day plan to privatise practice operations.
The Railways had already given the operations of two of its luxurious Tejas categorical trains to Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Company (IRCTC) between Lucknow-New Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad.
The transfer comes at a time when the State is pushing for the 531.45 km semi excessive pace railway line from Kochuveli to Kasaragod on cost-sharing foundation with the Railways.
The inter-city expresses working in Thiruvananthapuram Central-Ernakulam are the prime goal of the Railways for handing over to the personal gamers.
The recognized key corridors and the best way ahead will determine within the Friday’s assembly convened by the Railway Board in New Delhi to debate privatisation of practice operations.
The principal chief operations supervisor of six zonal Railways, together with Southern Railway, had been requested to submit particulars of current operations within the recognized corridors beneath their jurisdiction.
Bidding course of
The personal operators are to be recognized by means of a bidding course of and the chosen operators may have the fitting to repair and accumulate fares on the trains they function primarily based on a concession settlement to be inked between the ministry and the personal social gathering.
The Railways will lease out the locomotive and the rakes to the chosen operator.
Divisional Railway Supervisor, Thiruvananthapuram, Shirish Kumar Sinha mentioned it can take time for the implementation of the scheme though Thiruvananthapuram Central-Ernakulam line has been recognized by the Railways to rope in personal participant.
Welcoming the transfer of the Railways, the zonal railway consultative committee member P. Krishnakumar mentioned the personal gamers’ entry for working practice companies shouldn’t be at the price of the prevailing amenities and trains.
“Commuters will welcome the improved amenities and train services if they are provided by the private player in other parts of the world,” he mentioned.