|Dr. M. Pour
Seyed Aqaei, Managing Director of Raja Passenger Trains Company
Many believe Iran is located on the
crossroads of East-West trade. They believe Iran can easily serve as an
international transit corridor. They believe in the revival of the Silk Road.
But these beliefs can only become a reality if Iran’s transportation can meet
heavy trade demands.
This is where world-class transportation
companies, such as Raja Passenger Trains Company come in. What follows are the
viewpoints of the Dr. Mohsen Pour Seyed Aqaei on how he plans to lead his
company into the future.
Dr. Mohsen Pour Seyed Aqaei, is the
chairman of the board of directors and the managing director of Raja Passenger
Trains Company. He has announced that a great development in providing better
rail services was in the works, as the recently bought train sets were to
become operational early next year (March 2004).
Regarding the improvement of services
inside the trains he noted that ceding such affairs to the private sector had
increased supervision over stewards. "Since trains belong to the people, those
working in them must consider themselves as public servants. The feedback we
have had from people and officials indicate their satisfaction with our
services, which of course does not mean that there are no problems and our
services must become more refined," he noted.
Pour Seyed Aqaei referred to launching
private trains and added that after the inauguration of Simorgh, Sabz (Green)
and Delijan train services in cooperation with the private sector, the
contract for launching the first private Tehran-Kerman train was signed with
Joupar Company. He noted that the company had received its wagons from Pars
Wagon Company and the train would be launched soon.
"Meanwhile Tabriz-Mashhad and Tehran-Tabriz
trains are being refurbished by the private sector and would come on-stream by
the year-end. We have also received eight applications for purchasing wagons
from the private sector, which are being studied," he noted.
The official went on to note that Raja
Passenger Trains Company was to receive 50 wagons from Pars Wagon Company
during the current year and 150 wagons had been purchased from abroad that
would be delivered according to an agreement between Iranian and Chinese
"A tender bid for purchasing 150
double-decker wagons is underway. Based on our projections, we would be
transporting 36 million passengers through government support by 1388
(2009-2010)," he said.
The managing director of Raja Passenger
Trains Company referred to signing an agreement for the purchase of 40
three-car railbuses from Iran Khodro Company adding that the company had
succeeded to increase the number of passengers from 9.5 million four years ago
to 16 million during the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21,
Raja Passenger Trains Company was
established as a totally state-run enterprise 100% of whose stocks belonged to
the Islamic Republic of Iran Railroads in 1996 with the goal of quantitative
and qualitative upgrading of passenger transport services. The company’s
policy includes better use of facilities, increasing efficiency and providing
better services to develop overall rail services. Continuation of this policy
in line with the government’s development policies has had remarkable
consequences. The company is considering plans for bolstering its fleet,
technical activities, launching international trains and developing its
project, which include: