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Blog Entry# 2364143
Posted: Jul 27 2017 (18:07)

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Jul 27 2017 (16:15)   6 reasons Indians are now choosing air travel over railways

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Are trains in India really fit for travel today?
The recently prepared blueprint by the Ministry of Railways has betrayed a bitter truth. In its report for 2019-2020, the ministry projected how domestic airlines will supersede trains, making air travel the number one choice in the next three years.
Railways in India are not just a means of transport. Over the years, this mode of travel weaved itself into the history of Indian heritage and culture. But nostalgia aside, one is a little skeptical if the Indian Railways have actually been able to
keep pace with the burgeoning and advanced landscape of travel.
At a time when the overall traffic for travel is booming beyond expectation, the railways are still grappling with basic functioning issues like scheduled running and hygiene. This new blueprint projection may have baffled railway officials, but it hardly comes as a surprise to us. Here's why:
1. Convenience of travel
That air travel takes lesser time than train is a no-brainer. Especially in today's world, where the concept of luxury time has been truncated, to say the least. Interestingly, government statistics have revealed that 25 per cent of domestic air travel happens over inter-city distances within 500 km, an area that the railways used to dominate. When even smaller towns and cities are being connected by flights today, which can be availed at an affordable rate, why would one choose the railways anyway?
2. Optimisation of time and money
With new government schemes like UDAAN, that facilitates travel at Rs 2500 for an hour, with a promise of greater comfort and lesser time, for the same price, it is only natural for people opt for flights.
3. Hygiene
This stands out as a major point of comparison. There's no doubt that flights are way more hygienic than our trains--be it the food or toilets. And we have the recent CAG report to back the fact. Have we not already experienced the difference in the quality of food offered on these modes of travel? And now that the CAG report has exposed the truth about contaminated food on trains; blankets and linens that are not washed for months, who would want to travel on trains?
4. Better services offered by airlines
Yes, it is that one button on the top of your seat in a flight that makes the difference. Flight attendants at least try their best to cater to your needs.
5. The question of luggage and its security
How many times have you spent time negotiating with your fellow passenger in a train for that one extra inch of space to fit in your luggage? And how many times has the fear of losing your luggage interrupted your sleep? Flights can save you from this trouble at least.
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6. Scheduled arrival/departure is a major problem
We have all been victims of the ever-fluctuating running schedule of trains, which causes immense inconvenience. According to a CAG report, 95 per cent of the so-called 'fast-trains' are usually delayed. Not that there are no glitches in air travel, but at least you have the airport lounge to while your time away.
Yes, bullet trains, solar-powered trains, and those featuring latest technologies is all good, but perhaps the railway system is missing out on a major point--proper execution of services they promise. After all, sustainability is the key.

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