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Oberoi Group keen to run luxury train in Rajasthan

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New Delhi, May 11 (UNI) The Oberoi Group of Hotels has shown interest to run a luxury tourist train in the Rajasthan sector as a joint venture project with the Railways, but no agreement had been signed in this regard, the government said today.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Railways Naranbhai J. Rathwa said the Railways was always open to private partnership in running tourist trains.

Replying to another query fom K S Rao (Congress), Mr Rathwa said his ministry, under an integrated modernisation plan, had estimated the requirement of Rs 24,000 crore for improving and modernising the system during 2005-10.

Private investment would be invited in some important areas, identified as development of integrated logistic parks, wagon investment scheme for procurement of wagons and development of railside warehousing complexes for freight terminals, he said.

In addition, private players would also be allowed to run container trains, the minister said.

With regard to improvement in passenger amenities, Mr Rathwa said the Railways had already embarked upon a scheme to upgrade retiring rooms and construct 'pay and use' toilets through public-private partnership.

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