State Minister of Railways Manoj Sinha has stated in the parliament today that the Indian Railways have tied up with Slovak Republic, U.K., Japan, China, France Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic and Germany for co-operation of expertise in re-developing and modernisation of railway Stations.
In the name of improving the Railway Stations in the country, the NDA government seems to be in the process of privatising them or at least allowing private participation. This is what can be assumed from the speech of Prime minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the Katra-Udhampur train in Jammu and Kashmir.
The case of Airport is there where Mumbai and Delhi Airport has been entrusted with private companies from the Airport Authority. While Airport Authority did not charge anything from the passengers, the private companies are charging hefty amount. In addition everything connected with these airports have become costlier. From tea and coffee to parking as well taxi charges.
If private participation is allowed the same thing will be repeated.
The people have to think whether privatisation of railway Stations is necessary?