Rly stations can generate revenue: Trivedi

PTI, PANAJI | 06 November 2011 19:29 IST

Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi today said that railway stations in the country have a potential to generate good revenue.

He plans to do it through public-private partnerships (PPP). 

"The assets of Indian Railways are amazing. So far, nobody has looked at the railway stations with the thought that they can generate revenue," Trivedi said.

He was speaking at the Goa Think Fest 2011 here, organised by Tehelka.

"Why can't we have railway stations like airports?," he asked.

He said that a PPP model can be implemented at the railway stations for revenue generation.

Trivedi said that Indian Railways is country's engine of growth, which is not possible without the reforms in Indian Railways.

The minister said that in the 12th Five Year Plan, one trillion USD have been marked for the upgradation of railway infrastructure, of which, 50 per cent will come from the private sector.

'Goa Think Fest-2011' was flagged off on Friday here with people from various fields including politics, technology, art and culture, sharing thoughts on issues. 

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