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Bharat Gaurav express trains

  • IASbaba
  • June 16, 2022
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Indian Polity & Constitution
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In News: The ‘Bharat Gaurav’ train service from Coimbatore to Shirdi, a first of its kind in the country, was inaugurated at the Coimbatore North Railway Station

Bharat Gaurav scheme

  • To promote and attract tourism business, the Indian Railways launched Bharat Gaurav trains that will be operated by private players and run on theme-based circuits.
  • Through this policy, which offers operators the “Right of Use” of its rakes and infrastructure, the Railways has liberalised and simplified a part of operations that was otherwise carried out mostly by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
  • While any entity can run these trains, including state governments, it is implied that the policy is targeted at tour operators.
  • According to the Bharat Gaurav policy, any operator or service provider, or virtually anyone, can lease trains from Indian Railways to run on a theme-based circuit as a special tourism package.
  • The tenure of the arrangement is a minimum of two years and maximum of the codal life of the coach.
  • The operator has the freedom to decide the route, the halts, the services provided, and, most importantly, the tariff.
  • Anyone can approach Railways to lease the 3033 conventional Integral Coach Factory-design coaches earmarked for this segment.
  • These trains cannot be used as ordinary transport trains between an origin and destination.

Source: The Hindu

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