The Mumbai-Delhi route of the Rajdhani Express earned the most revenue for the Western Railway (WR) in 2010-11 according to their list of the top 10 revenue-generating trains. All the revenue data is for one-way journeys. The WR earned around Rs63 crore from the Rajdhani’s Mumbai-Delhi route.
The Rajdhani Express connects the capital cities of the state with the country’s capital. Railway officials said they provide the best of services in terms of coaches, the quality of seats, and air conditioning.
The WR’s monthly earning of the Rajdhani’s Mumbai-Delhi route is around Rs5.24 crore while its daily earning is around Rs17.2 lakh.
Looking at the Rajdhani’s popularity, the research and design wing of the Indian Railways has proposed air conditioning facilities inside each cabin apart from other amenities like ovens, LED lights, laptop charges and water coolers. “Passengers inside every cabin will be able to regulate the AC,” said a senior WR official, on condition of anonymity.
The railways are also looking at improving the body of the train after a Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire recently.
The second-highest grosser for the WR was the Mumbai-Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express. The accumulated data shows that the WR earned Rs58.62 crore in the year 2010-11 from this route. The WR earned Rs16.06 crore from this train daily.
This was followed by the Paschim Express with an annual earning of Rs38.14 crore and the Golden Temple Express with an earning of Rs37.48 crore. Both travels ply between Mumbai and Amritsar. The last in the list was Avantika Express from Mumbai to Indore with annual earning of Rs19.74 crore.
“Our total earnings from the top 10 trains has been around Rs350 crore,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.