Turnaround of Indian Railways: A Tough Road Ahead?




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ABSTRACT

This case discusses the turnaround of Indian Railways (IR) since it had been facing several challenges such as huge underinvestment, congestion, lack of modernization, unhygienic platforms and railway tracks, and frequent accidents. Over the years, several expert committees had made recommendations for improving the working of IR. However, the public utility continued to face problems. In light of these problems, the government of India had articulated its vision for improving the infrastructure, increasing railway lines, replacing toilets with bio-toilets for improving hygiene, enhancing safety, developing bullet trains – a network of high speed metros that connected the major metropolitan cities – and developing dedicated freight corridors. The Ministry of Railways was also planning to redevelop 400 railway stations through private participation. According to the Ministry, while the consumers would benefit in terms of upgraded facilities, these moves would help IR save resources....

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Issues

The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • Analyze whether the turnaround around plan would help Indian Railways tackle its several challenges.
  • Understand how IR would tackle challenges related to lower freight and drop in freight volumes.
Contents
INTRODUCTION
THE PROBLEMS
THE BIBEK DEBROY COMMITEE
THE TURNAROUND PLAN
IMPROVEMENTS
THE CHALLENGE

Keywords

Indian Railways ,Turnaround,Railway infrastructure ,Passenger traffic ,Freight tariffs ,Modernization ,Bio-toilets ,Bullet trains ,Bibek Debroy committee ,Privatization,Infrastructure,Railroad,Traffic Management,Public Utility,Safety,Freight Corridors

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