New Delhi, ANI. Indian Railways has started a new campaign to promote the country’s heritage and tourism. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Tuesday said that after the goods and passenger section, the railways is starting a third section dedicated to the tourism sector. Railways is all set to launch a set of around 190 themed trains named as Bharat Gaurav Trains.
Addressing a press conference, the Railway Minister said that these trains can be run by both the private sector as well as IRCTC. “These are not regular trains which will be run on timetable. We have identified 3,033 coaches or 190 trains for these theme-based trains. After passenger and goods section we will start tourism section to run Bharat Gaurav trains. These trains will showcase the culture and heritage of India. We have got good response. We have invited applications for them from today. The railways will help in maintenance, parking and other facilities.
We’ve allocated over 180 trains for ‘Bharat Gaurav’ trains & 3033 coaches identified. We’ll start taking applications from today. We’ve received good response. Stakeholders will modify & run the train & Railways will help in maintenance, parking & other facilities: Railways Min pic.twitter.com/Hpw90xnzu3
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November 23, 2021
The minister further said that the idea came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who suggested themed trains so that the people of the country could understand, appreciate and carry forward India’s heritage.
He also said that the fare of these trains will be practically decided by the tour operators but the Railways will ensure that there is no abnormality in the prices. The minister said that state governments like Odisha, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have shown interest in these trains.