Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Private investors, ports, export/import companies, "other investors" and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) will now be allowed in the railway lines meant to connect ports, industrial and logistical parks, and mines with other parts of the country. The railways will either award these projects (construction and maintenance) on nomination basis or select the investor through competitive bidding. A revenue-sharing model has already been worked out. The move is expected to give a boost to a sector where infrastructure expansion will provide direct, tangible benefits to the economy. Currently, the PPP model in the railway sector is at a takeoff stage, with large domestic investments coming in a few areas or projects, including the Mumbai elevated rail corridor, private freight terminals and a slice of the eastern segment of the dedicated freight corridor. However, no FDI is allowed in these PPP projects and is limited to only manufacture of components.


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