Costlier, Shoddier, Fewer Passengers & Losing Money: Beyond Vande Bharat & Bullet Trains, The Reality Of The Railways

After a decade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, India’s prime people-mover, the Railways—a key focus area for his administration—carry fewer passengers, are losing money but are costlier, especially for poorer passengers, who are packed into proportionately fewer seats in trains run at largely the same speed as during the previous government. Our analysis of Railways data over 20 years provides context to a rash of videos and complaints about overcrowded trains.

27 May 2024        ANIKET AGA