Turnaround of Indian Railways: A Tough Road Ahead?

Turnaround of Indian Railways: A Tough Road Ahead?
Case Code: BSTR500
Case Length: 9 Pages
Period: 2012-2015
Pub Date: 2016
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.400
Organization: Indian Railways
Industry: Railways
Countries : India
Themes: Turnaround
Turnaround of Indian Railways: A Tough Road Ahead?
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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....


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



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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