The Central Government has intensified the exercise of handing over more trains and railway stations to private hands after Tejas Express, the country’s first private train. The central government is preparing to hand over 150 trains and 50 railway stations in the country to private hands. According to sources, its complete blueprint has been prepared and the Ministry of Railways has taken this decision based on a conversation with Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog. It is known that Tejas has given the green signal to the country’s first private train.
NITI Aayog’s Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant has written a letter to Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav, mentioning the privatization of 150 trains and 50 railway stations. In the letter, the CEO of NITI Aayog wrote that 150 trains will be handed over to private hands in the initial phase. For this, an empowered group of Secretary level will be formed, which will carry out this work. This empowered group may include CEO of NITI Aayog, Chairman of Railway Board, Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, Secretary of Ministry of Urban and Development.
The central government is preparing to hand over 150 trains and 50 railway stations in the country to private hands.
It is worth mentioning that regular operation of Tejas train started from 4 October. For Lucknow to Delhi, AC chair car fare is Rs 1,125 and executive chair car fare is Rs 2,310. For the return journey, it is 1,280 for AC chair car and 2,450 for executive chair car. This information was given by an official. He said that in the same way, the journey of Kanpur in Lucknow can be completed in just Rs 320 in an AC chair car and passengers will have to pay a fare of Rs 630 for an executive chair car. The fare for AC chair car to Delhi’s Kanpur will be Rs 1,155 and executive chair car fare will be Rs 2,155. AC chair car fare from Lucknow to Ghaziabad will be Rs 1,125 and executive chair car fare will be Rs 2,310. This train covers the journey from Lucknow to Delhi in 6 hours 15 minutes. Tejas from Lucknow will leave Delhi at 12.10 am to reach the passengers at 12.25 am. This train will stop only in Kanpur and Ghaziabad in the middle. Tejas is the first train run by IRCTC in the entirety of Indian Railways.