Indian Railways plans to offer as many as 500 trains to private operators over the next five years.
The railways is already in the process of finalizing the bidding document for 150 such trains that will be run by private operators in the first phase. This will be followed by 350 additional trains.
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Indian Railways runs 13,000 passenger trains on a daily basis and it estimates an added requirement of 3,000-4,000 trains to meet growing passenger demand. Private train operators will be able to handle some of the traffic.
In the first stage, 150 modern trains will be run by private operators across 100 routes offering world-class technology and services to passengers, along with improving punctuality.
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