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Bharat Gaurav Policy

Context: India’s first privately-run Bharat Gaurav train was recently launched under the Bharat Gaurav Policy. 

About Bharat Gaurav Policy: 

  • Any operator, service provider, or virtually anyone can lease trains from Indian Railways under the Bharat Gaurav policy. These trains should run on a theme-based circuit as a special tourism package. The leasing tenure is a minimum of two years and a maximum of the codal life of the coach. The operator has the freedom to determine the tariff, route, halts, and services provided. 
  • The IRCTC also runs such theme-based tourist trains, for example, the Ramayana Express, which goes on a tour of places connected to Lord Ram.
  • In such packaged tours, the passengers stop over at a place, stay at hotels, undertake sightseeing, etc. — all organised by tour operators.
  • The Bharat Gaurav operator will also have to propose a similar kind of business model wherein they take care of local transport, food, sightseeing, local stays, etc., along with operating the trains.
  • Anyone can approach Railways to lease conventional Integral Coach Factory-design coaches earmarked for this segment. If the operator finds it feasible, it can purchase rakes from Indian Railway production units and run them.
  • Each train will have 14-20 coaches (including two guard coaches or SLR. However, the operator has to take care of end-to-end, comprehensive services like hotel stay, local arrangements, etc. Trains provided under the Bharat Gaurav policy cannot be used as ordinary transport trains between an origin and destination.
  • Indian Railways will provide staff to drive the trains, guards and maintenance staff on board the coaches. Housekeeping and catering, etc., shall be deployed by the operator. 
  • Indian Railways will ensure that its entire infrastructure is in place to safely and efficiently host the train in its network. Indian Railway will also give priorities to these trains, like the Rajdhanis and premium trains, so that these trains are not held up or sidelined to make way for regular trains.

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