DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Ministry of Railways said that there is no plan to privatise Indian railways operation except outsourcing the commercial and onboard services for some trains, allowed private suppliers to induct new parts for running trains on the specific corridor.
“There is no plan to privatise the operations of Railways. Although there is a plan to outsource the commercial and onboard services of a few trains and to allow private players to induct modern rakes to run trains on select routes to provide better service delivery to passengers,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply in the in Rajya Sabha.
He said that specific services, like station cleaning, pay-and-use toilets, retiring places, parking and platforms maintenance, are being outsourced as and when required, to better cleanliness and other services of trains.
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The Ministry of Railways said on Fridays that the government is not seeing the complete redesign of railway coaches and even procurement of full train rakes from foreign suppliers.
“There is no plan to start the import of complete train sets from foreign suppliers,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
“A Transfer of Technology (ToT) contract for the development of efficiency from production to commissioning, which includes design, development (prototyping), manufacturing and testing of Aluminium Body passenger coaches of eight variants (five of Broad Gauge loco-hauled coaches and three variants of Standard Gauge Metro coaches) has been awarded by Modern Coach Factory (MCF) in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli to a Korean company,” Piyush Goyal said
The Railway Minister said that based on these facilities, coaches shall be manufactured at MCF and “not through import”.