Photos: In Rajasthan, a railway station run by the people

In Rajasthan, villagers have come together to run the management of the Rashidpur Khori railway station. Even railway officials believe that Rashidpura Khori stands out for its of-the-people, by the people initiative.

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After a break of two years, the wheels are back on track at Rajasthan’s Rashidpura Khori, one of the most unique railway stations in India, for it is run and maintained solely by villagers and not railway staff. A passenger train rolled and rail operations resumed after being stopped in November 2015 for work to broad gauge the track. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

After a break of two years, the wheels are back on track at Rajasthan’s Rashidpura Khori, one of the most unique railway stations in India, for it is run and maintained solely by villagers and not railway staff. A passenger train rolled and rail operations resumed after being stopped in November 2015 for work to broad gauge the track. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Railways stopped operations at the British-era station in May 2005 as it was deemed commercially unviable. In 1929, it was part of the princely state of Jaipur and is nearly 90 years old now. 25,000 residents of three villages -- Palthana, Rashidpura and Khori -- kept appealing to railway authorities to continue services in some manner. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Railways stopped operations at the British-era station in May 2005 as it was deemed commercially unviable. In 1929, it was part of the princely state of Jaipur and is nearly 90 years old now. 25,000 residents of three villages -- Palthana, Rashidpura and Khori -- kept appealing to railway authorities to continue services in some manner. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Mahendra Kumar of Palthana village is the designated ticket seller at the station. Kumar, who teaches at a local private school, operates under a tree with a small wooden chest holding tickets in slots to different destinations on the route. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Mahendra Kumar of Palthana village is the designated ticket seller at the station. Kumar, who teaches at a local private school, operates under a tree with a small wooden chest holding tickets in slots to different destinations on the route. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Passengers are seen collecting tickets from Kumar to travel. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Passengers are seen collecting tickets from Kumar to travel. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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A closed ticket window at the Rashidpur Khori station. According to railways, villagers could keep Rashidpura Khori functional if they managed to generate adequate revenue. The villagers grabbed the offer and formed a committee to motivate people to use the train. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

A closed ticket window at the Rashidpur Khori station. According to railways, villagers could keep Rashidpura Khori functional if they managed to generate adequate revenue. The villagers grabbed the offer and formed a committee to motivate people to use the train. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Detail of a ticket sold by Mahendra Kumar from a portable chest to passengers at the railway station. A ticket to Laxmangarh, the nearest to Rashidpura Khori, or Sikar costs Rs 10 and one to Churu costs Rs 20. Bus fares to the same locations are up to three times higher. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Detail of a ticket sold by Mahendra Kumar from a portable chest to passengers at the railway station. A ticket to Laxmangarh, the nearest to Rashidpura Khori, or Sikar costs Rs 10 and one to Churu costs Rs 20. Bus fares to the same locations are up to three times higher. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Commuters get on a train, which halts at Rashidpur Khori station. In order to make the project viable for the Indian Railways, villagers and commuters bought multiple tickets and ensured that no one travelled ticketless. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Commuters get on a train, which halts at Rashidpur Khori station. In order to make the project viable for the Indian Railways, villagers and commuters bought multiple tickets and ensured that no one travelled ticketless. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

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Passengers travelling in the train that now halts at Rashidpur Khori station. Railway officials say if passengers and commercial activity increase, more trains could stop at Rashidpura Khori. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

Passengers travelling in the train that now halts at Rashidpur Khori station. Railway officials say if passengers and commercial activity increase, more trains could stop at Rashidpura Khori. (Himanshu Vyas / HT Photo)

UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2017 05:23 PM IST
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