GMR Group,which owns and operates two airports in the country,Bombardier India,Spanish coach and component maker CAF, Rail PSUs RITES and Bharat Heavy Electricals are among 16 companies which have shown interest in the private train project, sources said on Tuesday.
The other companies include the Hyderabad-based Medha Group, which had bid for the Train 18 project,RK Associates and Railways’ tourism and catering arm IRCTC Sterlite Power,Bharat Forge and JKB Infrastructure, they said.
The 16 firms attended a pre-application conference on the private train project held on Tuesday.
The Railways has however officially not revealed the names of the companies which participated in the meeting.
Sources said some of the participants raised the issue of of railways offering pre-determined routes and scheduled departure times as well. They added the private players suggested these should be made flexible for the successful bidders considering that they will take the risk of of ridership and will have to share the revenue with the national transporter.