The Indian Railways has planned to operate 151 private trains in the country by 2027. To begin with, 12 private trains will be introduced in 2023 and 45 in 2024.
The Railways has already invited proposals to run 151 modern passenger trains across the country. The private sector investment in the Railways through these projects is estimated at Rs 30,000 crore.
It has planned to introduce 12 trains in 2023, 45 in 2024, 50 in 2026 and 44 more in subsequent fiscal and complete the target by 2027. The financial bids for these projects will be opened by March, 2021, and selection of bidders will commence in April, 2021. Trains will operate from March, 2023.
However, these trains will be operated by the driver and guard of Indian Railways only.