Theo_Fidel wrote:IIRC both laloo & mamata raised fares only to back down when protest was raised. Laloo in particular then resorted to surcharges for every little thing. So in reality fares have gone up. Still passenger fares are only a 30% or so chunk of income. The real meat is in freight.
AFAIK nothing new is being proposed by Trivedi in this most crucial sector.
Fully agree with you Theo saar.
Freight won't be able to take the burden much longer if the present scheme of things continue.
If we keep loading the burden of subsidising unrealistically low passenger fares with abnormally high freight rates, much of the cargo will start slowly deserting railways to go back to road which is undesirable from most perspectives including time, environment, competitiveness etc.
I, for one, am thoroughly surprised to see some of us on this thread advocating passenger-only tracks to enable the running of high-speed trains - ain't gonna be viable for a very long time to come. If anything, we need to have more freight-only tracks!
Everyone wants shiny new tracks and high speed rail, but no one wants to pay for it apparently. If keep stealing from freight users any longer, we can kiss goodbye to all those high highfalutin visions of converting ever more cargo from road movement to rail.