It’s being three long years when the Delhi-Lucknow bound Tejas Express was announced. But only recently it’s being introduced in the new time table.
It is said to be the most talked-about train on the route which is parked at Annadnagar railway station in Uttar Pradesh. It is being disclosed by the sources that Tejas Express going to be the very first train in Indian Railways history to be operated by a private company( many are making guesses that it may be Reliance group wing, the same who took over the charge of Delhi Metro’s Airport line initially).
Furthermore, the exercise to private the routes of railway is more of an experiment on not so busy routes yet crucial from the point of view of tourism,so Railways is going ahead with its 100-day plan of handing over operations of the two of its trains to the private sectors, despite opposing of this idea from its unions. But the second train is still a suspense, which too would be within the 500 Kms.distance span.
Though it’s being said that handover of the Tejas Express to private sector players will follow the open bidding process to keep it transparent in public domain. Though the custody of the trains will be transferred to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism, which will pay for it, that includes their lease charges, to the financing arm, IRFC. It is going to be a massive experiment spree and Railways is eyeing big on this, an inside input says the second train route shall be identified soon to finalize the privatization of routes. The basic mechanism behind the selection of such routes is based on to identify such routes which have low congestion but at the same time connects important tourists spots. The Delhi-Lucknow route serves by 53 trains but does not have a Rajdhani(the fastest train of India, it runs on several different routes across India). Though a Swaran Shatabdi has a high demand on these particular routes with a run time of 6:30 hours.
The initial plans to run trains on two routes are under huge criticism too as few unions are saying it will kill the chances of employment in future in Railways. But keeping aside all these in-house challenges the Railway is all set to initiate the process and suppose to finalize a proposal by 10 July 2019, a 100-day plan to offer the operations of trains on two routes, Tejas Express going to be the first one. It seems to be a constructive move to check the ability of private players in a sector which is a lifeline of this nation and literally India runs on railways. An ample room of improvement in terms of services is there in railways and private sector can fill the gap easily to give it a fair chance. The wait is not so long and we shall be back soon with a review of the route of Tejas Experience upon operation.