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Centre working on suburban rail policy to improve services

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Recognising the importance of suburban rail as a part of mass rapid transportation systems, the Centre is working on a policy with the objective to develop the suburban rail services, an said here on Tuesday.

"The government recognises the importance of as it carries a large number of people. It is the time to see how to improve its services. The government is working on a policy on suburban rail. It has not been finalised," said here on the sidelines of a programme jointly organised by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Union and Research and Information System in collaboration with

According to a background paper on in India, the country's suburban rail carries a significant number of passengers, especially in cities like and

From the railways point of view, the foremost concern stems from the operational losses suffered in these services. They contribute roughly 53 per cent in number of passengers of the Indian Railways' total passenger traffic but their earning share in 2010-11 was just about 7 per cent, a scenario which has not changed in last 7-8 years, the paper said.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:28 IST