Hyderabad, NFAPost: The Ministry of Railways has invited Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for private participation for the operation of passenger train services over 109 Origin-Destination (OD) pairs of routes through the introduction of 151 modern trains. 

The 109 OD Pairs have been formed into 12 Clusters across the Indian Railway network. Each train shall have a minimum of 16 coaches.
The project would entail a private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore. This is the first initiative of private investment for running passenger trains over the Indian Railways network, according to a statement from the Ministry of Railways.

The majority of trains would be manufactured in India, under the Make in India initiative. The private entity shall be responsible for financing, procuring, operation and maintenance of the trains.

Reduction in journey time

Trains shall be designed for a maximum speed of 160 mph.  This would result in a substantial reduction in journey time. The running time taken by a train shall be comparable to or faster than the fastest train of Indian Railways operating in the respective route.

The objective of this initiative is to introduce modern technology rolling stock with reduced maintenance, reduced transit time, boost job creation, provide enhanced safety, provide world-class travel experience to passengers, and also reduce the demand-supply deficit in the passenger transportation sector.

Bidding process

The Concession Period for the project shall be 35 years. The Private Entity shall pay to Indian Railways fixed haulage charges, energy charges as per actual consumption and a share in gross revenue determined through a transparent bidding process.

These trains shall be operated by the loco pilot and guard of Indian Railways. The operation of the trains by the private entity shall conform to the key performance indicators like punctuality, reliability, upkeep of trains etc.

The operation and maintenance of the passenger trains would be governed by standards & specifications and requirements specified by Indian Railways.

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