Addressing the pressing issue of finances for the Indian Railways, Minister Suresh Prabhu has proposed an operating ratio below 90 percent to increase revenues for the system.
The railways' operating ratio, that has been consistently above 90 per cent for the past five years, suggests how much money is spent on day-to-day operations to earn the revenues, giving an indication of the funds left for safety and expansion.
"I have proposed an operating ratio at 88.5 per cent - as against the targeted ratio of 92.5 per cent for 2014-15, which has improved to 91.8 per cent," Mr Prabhu said presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha.
"This (proposed) operating ratio will be the best in nine years," he said.
Mr Prabhu has said the railways need $100 billion or Rs.6 lakh crore in funding over the next 3-4 years.