No Privatization of Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express: Piyush Goyal

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Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said on Friday that there were no plans to privatize Rajdhani or Shatabdi Express trains.

Goyal’s statement comes amid speculation that there was a proposal to rope in private operators.

Goyal, while responding to a query on the privatization of these trains and the entire network said in a written reply that no such plan has been made. In its 100-day plan, the ministry has proposed that it will offer two trains to IRCTC to operate on haulage concept with ticketing, onboard services to be provided by them.

The plan proposed that the trains will run on important routes like the Golden Quadrilateral and Diagonals connecting major cities. The proposal said that the RFQ/RFP will be floated in the next 100 days to initiate bidding.

Meanwhile, the railway worker unions have been up in arms against the proposal and demanded to know why railways’ production units are planned to be corporatized. The railways, in its 100-day plan has also proposed to hive off its seven production units and associated workshops into a new entity called the Indian Railway Rolling Stock Company.

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