The Indian Railways have moved one step forward in what may be termed as privatization of the railway stations under the Northern Railways. As per information only railway tickets and operations will remain with the railway authorities, rest from platform tickets to food courts and parking area to advertising rights, all will be given to private entity in lieu of services like escalators, lounges and other modern facilities for passengers at the platforms.
At the moment two railway stations Gandhinagar in Gujarat and Habibganj in Bhopal (MP) are already being developed under a similar arrangement. The Charbagh(Lucknow), Chandigarh, Haridwar and Panipat stations will be developed in a similar way in next the 24 months. The meetings between private companies and railway authorities to discuss these projects are scheduled next week. Read More