Hyderabad: The ministry of railways has said around 20 private train routes are proposed in Secunderabad cluster which will pass through Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool and Guntur. The ministry has invited applications for investment and induction of modern rakes over select routes under public-private partnership.
The ministry has issued 12 requests for qualification on July 1, 2020, for operating passenger trains over approximately 109 origin-destination pairs divided into 12 clusters, including Secunderabad. The proposal is based on design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) basis.
“The routes are spread across various states, including Andhra Pradesh, covering the entire Indian Railway network. Responsibility of train operations and safety certification rests with Indian Railways in all such cases. The existing train services shall continue to be operated by Indian Railways and their fare shall be fixed by the railways, as at present,” minister Piyush Goyal said in Lok Sabha.
For the trains to be operated under PPP route, the operator would, in consideration of the investment and services provided by him, be entitled to levy and collect fare from the passengers in accordance with what the market can bear and also raise other revenues in terms of a concession agreement, said the railway minister.

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