Khare is currently Adviser (Infrastructure), heading the directorate that is responsible for the bullet train project, Public Private Partnership and FDI in the Railway ministry. He is from the Indian Railways Civil Engineering cadre.
The Railways is selling the idea with the proposition that if someone opts for Vikalp, while getting a waitlisted ticket in an ordinary mail/express train, then she might get accommodated on a Rajdhani or Shatabdi Express at no extra cost.
In both instances, the EC asked the ministries to wait for the election to get over, officials said. Similarly, the Railway Ministry sent a list of 23 stations it wanted redeveloped, and wanted to announce the move through a function.