Here’s everything to know about Indian Railways’ Bharat Gaurav scheme launched for private players

In a bid to promote and attract tourism business, the Indian Railways has announced to launch of Bharat Gaurav trains that will be operated by private players. These trains will run on theme-based circuits.

Through this policy, which offers the “Right of Use” of Indian Railways’ rakes and infrastructure to operators, the national transporter has liberalized and simplified a part of operations that was otherwise carried out mostly by IRCTC. While these trains can be operated by any entity, including state governments, it is implied that the policy is targeted at tour operators, an IE report said. Here is everything you should know about Bharat Gaurav Trains:

What is the policy of Bharat Gaurav trains?

Under this policy, trains can be leased by any operator or service provider, or virtually anyone, from Indian Railways to run on a theme-based circuit as a special tourism package. The arrangement’s tenure is a minimum of two years and a maximum of the codal life of the train coach. The national transporter has given the freedom to the operator to decide the route, services provided, halts, and also tariff. Anyone can approach Indian Railways to lease the 3033 conventional ICF-design coaches earmarked for this segment.

Also, if the operator finds it feasible, then it can buy rakes from the production units of Indian Railways and run them. Each of these trains will have between 14 and 20 coaches. These Bharat Gaurav trains cannot be used as ordinary transport trains between an origin and destination.

How will Indian Railways process such applications?

In each zonal railway, a special unit will be created to process such applications and also handhold applicants, as well as see end-to-end procedural requirements for the operators. These special units will help operators to create itineraries, public outreach, carry out necessary approvals, etc.

What can the operators do within the contract?

The operator, if it wants, can carry out its own furnishings of the train interiors within safety norms. The operator can decide what kind of interiors or berth composition it wants.

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