Privatization always comes at a cost... And privatization in public transportation would restrict (poor) people's movement... If demonetisation restricted currency flow, privatization in railways may restrict (or burden) men & material flow... Brace yourself...
//The country’s first private train has contravened the Railways Act, 1989, since the Central government is the competent authority to decide on tariff and not the IRCTC, say top railway officials.//
//The Delhi-Lucknow Private Train No 82502, IRCTC Tejas Express charges Rs 2,450 for AC Executive Class and Rs 1,565 for the AC Chair Car including GST and catering. Onthe other hand, Train No 12004 Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi Express charges Rs.1855 for AC Executive Class and Rs 1,165 for the AC Chair Car including GST, Super Fast and reservation charges.//
//IRCTC says on its website that there will be no concession tickets in the train. Children aged above 5 years would be booked at full fare. The train fare would be dynamic and the train would have different series of fares for lean, busy and festive seasons.//
//Railway officials said the most important Railway asset is its path, or train route. “By running a private train for the business class, we have blocked the path during peak hours during which a regular train could be operated for the common passenger. It is not clear whether the haulage charges for this private train were fixed taking into consideration the usage of railway infrastructure like stations, electricity, water and path,” another railway official said.//
//Since new trains cannot be added, existing trains would have to be handed over to private players. “This will mean higher fare paying passengers will displace the poorer sections". //
India’s first private train violates railway tariff law