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Private trains: Will rail coaches give airlines a complex and other questions answered

On July 1, Indian Railways invited proposals from private companies to run 151 modern passenger trains. We try to catch the signals of change three years ahead of schedule.

July 03, 2020 / 09:36 PM IST

Swank recliners, plush cabins, on time arrivals and departures, a la carte food menu, sharply turned out cabin crew, a choice of premium on board infotainment and a view of India’s rich and diverse landscape. Sounds like an airline ad wooing passengers?

Not quite.

In four years, if all goes to plan, trains in India could come bundled with such features as privately run services zig-zag across the country.

On July 1, Indian Railways invited proposals from private companies to run 151 modern passenger trains.