Reviving BIMSTEC and the Bay of Bengal Community
New trilateralism: India-Indonesia-Australia relations
Discussion | Indian Railways and coal: An unsustainable interdependency
Tiffin Talks | Too slow for the urban march: Litigations and real estate market in Mumbai
Development Seminar | Indian monetary policy in the time of inflation targeting and demonetisation
Mentions and Appearances
Indian Railways’ business model is based on passengers underpaying and freight overpaying. Already, in financial year 2016-17, coal’s extra freight charge increased the cost of power by about 10 paise per kilowatt on average. For power plants in distant states, which inherently rely on Railways for coal, this number can be three times higher.
Gujarat, Punjab, Tamil Nadu that are far from coal mines, and therefore pay more than others, will contribute proportionately more to recover the coaching loss — the passenger subsidy. This overpayment by coal-based power applies to all coal generation in States like Punjab as all their coal comes via Railways.