(News) Comments and Suggestions Invited for Rail Development
Authority of India
Ministry of Railways has prepared a concept paper on Rail Development
authority of India which has been uploaded on the Indian Railway website namely
www.indianrailways.gov.in. The salient features of the Note are:
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in his
speech for Rail Budget 2015-16 had said that for orderly development of
infrastructure services, enabling competition and protection of customer
interest, it is important to have a regulation mechanism independent of the
service provider. The concept paper has been prepared in line with the
vision presented by the Minister of Railways.
National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC)
Report of 2014 had recommended that a Rail Tariff Authority should be set up
which should become the overall regulator. Later Bibek Debroy Committee
Report had also recommended a regulator with overarching functions.
Many of the countries like U.K, Russia, US, Australia,
Germany have regulatory structure in some form or the other.
The Authority will discharge functions in a manner to
protect the interest of consumers, ensuring quality of service, promoting
competition, encouraging market development, efficient allocation of
resources, provide non-discriminatory open access specially on DFC and to
benchmark service levels for ensuring quality, continuity and reliability of
- The Authority will undertake four key functions:
- Fixing tariff.
- Ensuring fair play and level playing field for private investment in
- Determination of efficiency and performance standards.
- Dissemination of information.
- The Authority can initially be set up through an executive order and can
be subsequently strengthen through a legislation process.
- The Authority will consist of Chairman and four other members who have
experience and knowledge in railways, infrastructure, finance, law,
management and consumer affairs.
- More details about the Concept Paper can be seen at the website
- Suggestions and comments from the public are invited. Public comments
can be submitted by 30th January, 2016 through email at