Ministry of Railways has invited Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for private participation for operation
of passenger train services over 109 Origin - Destination (OD) pairs of routes through introduction of 151
modern trains (Rakes).
The 109 OD Pairs have been formed into 12 Clusters across the Indian Railway network. Each Train
shall have a minimum of 16 coaches.
The project would entail private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore. This is the first initiative
of private investment for running Passenger Trains over Indian Railways network.
Majority of trains to be manufactured in India (Make in India). The private entity shall be responsible
for financing, procuring, operation and maintenance of the trains.
Trains shall be designed for a maximum speed of 160 kmph. There would be a substantial reduction
in journey time. The running time taken by a train shall be comparable to or faster than the fastest train of
Indian Railways operating in the respective route.
The objective of this initiative is to introduce modern technology rolling stock with reduced
maintenance, reduced transit time, boost job creation, provide enhanced safety, provide world class travel
experience to passengers, and also reduce demand supply deficit in the passenger transportation sector.
The Concession Period for the project shall be 35 years.
The Private Entity shall pay to Indian Railways fixed haulage charges, energy charges as per actual
consumption and a share in Gross Revenue determined through a transparent bidding process.
These trains shall be operated by the Driver and Guard of Indian Railways.
The operation of the trains by the private entity shall conform to the key performance indicators like
punctuality, reliability, upkeep of trains etc.
Operation and maintenance of the passenger trains would be governed by standards & specifications
and requirements specified by Indian Railways.
In the proposal there are 9 pairs of proposed modern trains involving NFR. Details are given below.
Sl Routes of proposed modern trains of NFR Periodicity
1 Guwahati - Delhi - Guwahati Daily
2 Guwahati - Bangalore - Guwahati Tri-weekly
3 Guwahati – Kochuvely - Guwahati Tri-weekly
4 Guwahati – Sealdah - Guwahati Tri-weekly
5 New Bongaigaon – Howrah - New Bongaigaon Tri-weekly
6 Guwahati – Darbhanga - Guwahati Weekly
7 Agartala – Bhopal - Agartala Weekly
8 Dibrugarh – Pune - Dibrugarh Weekly
9 Agartala – Karimganj - Agartala Weekly