New Delhi: There is no proposal to privatise the operation of Railways. However, there is a proposal to outsource the commercial and onboard services of a few trains and to permit private players to induct modern rakes to run trains on select routes with an objective to provide improved service delivery to passengers.
The responsibility of train operations and safety certification rests with Indian Railways.
Outsourcing of certain services like station cleaning, pay and use toilets, retiring rooms, parking and platforms maintenance etc. is being done on need based manner to improve cleanliness and other services.
This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
Earlier this week, Goyal had said the Railway Ministry is working to double railway lines, but no timeline for completion can be given.
Indus Dictum also reported that in a move to boost tourism in Southern India, the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) has signed an MoU with IRCTC to run the Golden Chariot Train. IRCTC is planning a revamp of the train itineraries, as also to add different flavours that Karnataka has to offer.
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