Niti CEO to decide on private rails, stations, not railway
Privatisation of railways has been a matter of debate, it was decided that Niti CEO recommended committee will look after all decisions, not the railway ministry.
A group of secretaries under the CEO of Niti Aayog will decide on the core developments of the railways, developing stations and bringing on the private players for running 150 trains. Thus ending the power of railway bureau ministry. The railway ministry has approved the committee send by the Niti Aayog.
Along with Niti Aayog and Railway board, economic affairs, housing and urban affairs, Railway financial commissioner will the members of the committee. The railway board members of Engineering and Traffic will co-opted by the committee. The committee will look after redevelopment of 50 stations and running of 150 trains by private players.
The union government approved the proposal of redeveloping 400 stations in 2015, however only one station Habib Gunj in Bhopal was given to private players on long term basis. It is expected the station to be completed by end of this year.
Gandhi nagar station was taken for development by Gujarat government, while Dehradun and Bhuwaneshwar stations redevelopment MoU's were signed by respective state governments.