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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Taking taxpayers on a luxurious ride

Soniya Tripathi of the Indian Express reports on how the Deccan Odyssey, with 21 luxurious coaches and a staff of 50, including "beauticians, health instructors, attendants and a chef," has just three passengers for its latest trip. Apparently the train "can accommodate 96 people with two restaurants, a conference hall, two health clubs, four deluxe suites and residential rooms."

We are also told that the train has never run at full capacity, and often there are just a handful of passengers.

Isn't the solution obvious? Price it lower, and if increasing volumes don't make up for costs, shut the damn thing down. That's exactly what would have happened if some private company ran it, instead of the government, which couldn't care less about the bottomline. After all, we pay the bills.
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