tourist train in the works
In a major public-private partnership (PPP)
initiative, the Indian Railway Catering and
Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is planning to start
its own dedicated train which would be run on
a pan-India tourism circuit.
the IRCTC runs region-specific package tours
for tourists. The corporation has to book tickets
for passengers in regular trains running on
the these routes. By running a dedicated train,
the state-owned company expects to enhance revenues.
corporation had sent a proposal in this regard
to the Railway Board last month. Approval is
expected by the end of this year. The IRCTC
officials say that the train could be a reality
by October 2008. The train will be a luxurious
one, air-conditioned, with around 23 coaches
and it will target high-end passengers.
IRCTC officials say that it would not be on
the lines of Palace on Wheels, which caters
to a specific region and has a 'regal' look.