As announced by Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav last Saturday, the third private train of IRCTC will be run on the Indore- Varanasi route.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has started operating private trains on two routes of Delhi-Lucknow and Ahmedabad-Mumbai from the last few months. This train is in continuation of the same.
This overnight train would be built on the same rakes structure (A formation of coupled coaches or cars that makes up a train, minus the loco) as those of the Humsafar Express, he added.
The train is likely to commence its operations from February 20, with running operation being three days a week- two days via Lucknow and one day via Allahabad. This also makes it only such train by the IRCTC which will have sleeper coaches instead of chair cars.
The railways' move to let private companies run passenger trains has attracted more than two dozen firms, including global players Alstom Transport, Bombardier, Siemens AG and Macquarie, with 150 trains to be run privately already standing in the pipeline, for estimated 100 routes.
While the infrastructure, maintenance, operations and safety will be handled by the Indian Railways, private train operators can take rakes on lease and provide better on board experience and services to passengers, with regards to food, comfort, entertainment, ambience, among others. The procedures and processes are still being worked out, until then, IRCTC will continue to operate them in full capacity.
The bids, to be finalized on revenue-sharing model, will see companies bidding for a particular network of routes.