Tejas Express passengers to get compensation in case of train delay

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Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express is going to be the first train by the Indian Railways whose passengers will be compensated in case of any delay.

Tejas express services will commence from October 4. However, in case of any delay, its passengers will be given a compensation of Rs 100 if the train gets delayed by more than an hour.

The compensation amount will be increased to Rs 250 if it gets delayed by over two hours.

In addition to this, the IRCTC will also provide Rs 25 lakh travel insurance to each Tejas express passenger without any additional charges.

Tejas Express, which is going to be one of the premium trains in India and is set to be managed by private players through a bidding process in the coming months, for now, will be operated by IRCTC.

The Railways Ministry is also expected to allow private players to take over and run some of its infrastructure and facilities. The privatisation of some services and facilities is seen as a way to bring in much-needed investments without taking the disinvestment route.

After Tejas Express, another train with a route of about 500 km will be handed over to a private player. It is expected that the second train could be one that runs between Delhi and Chandigarh.

The government could also accept the recommendation of Niti Aayog to privatise the operation some of Railways's stadiums and other relevant infrastructure. The government has also said it expects that the involvement of private players could help improve the standard of services and facilities.

Niti Aayog had estimated that Railways could ear up to Rs 1000 crore a year if it leased out its stadiums for private commercial use.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in her Budget speech on Friday that Indian Railways needs investment of about Rs 50 lakh crore between 2018 and 2030. She had said the government would consider the public-private partnership for upgradation of infrastructure, rail and rolling stock.


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