PPP opportunities in Indian Railway Passenger Services
Ministry of Railways has invited Request for Qualifications for Private players to operate passenger train services over 109 Origin-Destination (OD) pair of routes across 12 clusters identified across the country.
Currently, the Indian Railway network covers a route of about 68,000 km. In the period of 2018-19, Indian Railways ferried a total of 3.65 Billion passengers (non-suburban) of which the reserved passenger volume was 590 million. Almost 88.5 Million of waitlisted passengers could not be accommodated. This speaks of a sizeable opportunity for expanding Railway operations in the country.
Private players can bid for either a single cluster or multiple clusters under this investment opportunity which is worth about USD 4 Billion. Private partners will have the freedom to procure rolling stock and operate & maintain over 151 trains. With all operational infrastructure provided by the government, the Private Entity shall have the freedom to decide on the fare to be charged from its passengers. A significant benefit is that the Private trains will be given priority equivalent to premium trains of Indian Railways.
The Application Due Date is 07 Oct 2020.
RFQs can be accessed at- https://indiainvestmentgrid.gov.in/assets/iigNew2/pdf/Tendernotice_1.pdf