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Government Encourages Private/Foreign Direct Investment in Railway

New Delhi: The Ministry of Railways has issued Sectoral guidelines for Domestic/Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in November, 2014. The following areas have been identified for Private/Foreign Direct Investment: (i) Suburban corridors through Public Private Partnership (PPP); (ii) High speed train projects; (iii) Dedicated freight lines; (iv) Rolling stock including trains sets and locomotive/coaches manufacturing and maintenance facilities; (v) Railway electrification; (vi) Signaling system; (vii) Freight terminals; (viii) Passenger terminals; (ix) Testing facilities and laboratories; (x) Non- Conventional Sources of Energy; (xi) Railway Technical Training Institutes; (xii) Concessioning of standalone passenger corridors (branch lines, hill railways etc.); (xiii) Mechanized Laundry; (xiv) Rolling stock procurement; (xv) Bio-toilets; (xvi) Technological solutions for manned and unmanned level crossings; (xvii) Technological solutions to improve Safety and reduce accidents. Modernisation of existing assets and improvement in passenger amenities is an important and ongoing process on Indian Railways. The areas include track and bridges, mechanized maintenance of track, automatic signalling, higher capacity wagons, electrification, new generation diesel and electric locomotives, green toilets on passenger trains, modernization of stations and terminals, quality of bed linen, provision of 24X7 helpline, ticketing, catering services, entertainment facilities on-board, enhancement of train capacity, Wi-Fi facility at stations etc. A Participative Policy for rail connectivity and capacity augmentation was issued on 10.12.2012 which provides five models for building rail connectivity. No specific investment proposal has been received since the opening of FDI in Rail Transport. However, approximately ` 10,000 crore private investment have been committed for 19 projects under different participative models. An Investors Meet was organised on 5th December, 2014 and discussions with potential investors have been held to attract private investments. This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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