For Railways, the threat is ‘in the air’

For Railways, the threat is ‘in the air’

The biggest threat to the Indian Railways is the rising trend of rail passengers travelling in air-conditioned coaches shifting to airlines. “We need to arrest this shift,” Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board, said here today.

Today, passengers have options and choices. The threat is from the air. There is a massive shift of passengers travelling in air-conditioned coaches to air.

Cheap flights

“We have to get them back,” he said at the inaugural of the International Rail Coach Expo, a three-day event on rail coaches and train-sets, hosted by Integral Coach Factory in coordination with CII and RITES Ltd.

Lohani’s statement comes in the wake of many no-frill airlines offering cheap air fares. For example, the first class AC train fare from Chennai to Madurai on May 31 is 1,940 while it is 2,050 by a private airline.

“Change is in the air and the Indian Railways is right now in the process of change. Major changes come with challenges that are not difficult, but they need to be addressed,” he said. Read More

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