Privatising trains, govt taking away lifeline of poor: Rahul

New Delhi: Previous Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Thu. sharpened his own attack on the Narendra Modi govt over its moves to permit private companies to run passenger trains. He stated govt has been taking far away the lifeline of the nation from that poverty-stricken, & the citizens going to give a befitting reply.

“Rail is the only lifeline of the poverty-stricken & the govt is taking it far from them. Snatch whatever you need to. However remember — the citizens of the nation going to give a befitting reply,” Rahul Gandhi stated in a tweet attaching a information record.

His own remarks had come a day after the Indian Railways declared a main push for the private entities within the Indian Railways. The Railways have invited the appeal for qualifications for private participation for passenger train activities on 109 pairs of routes using 151 modern trains.

The domestic transporter on Wed. stated that it schedules to permit private entities to operate passenger trains & the project would entail private industry investment of regarding INR 30,000 cr.

The objective of the initiative is to present modern technology rolling stock with lowered maintenance, lowered transit time, boost job creation, give improved safety, give globe class travel experience to passengers, the Railway Ministry stated.

The 109 (origin-destination) pairs of trains were formed into 12 clusters around the Indian Railway network. Every train shall have a min. of 16 coaches.

As per the railway ministry, this is the 1st initiative of private investment for racing passenger trains over the Indian Railways network. The move started previous year with the introduction of Lucknow-Delhi(DL) Tejas Express by this Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).