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Now you can lounge or do business in comfort as you wait for your train

Executive lounge, either at airports or at rail terminals world over, are aimed at providing comfort to passengers. Such services have so far been enjoyed only by the air-travellers in our country. But soon this will be common to the rail passengers here as well as IRCTC intends to setup airconditioned executive lounges at major.

Railway stations across Indian Railways, to provide international standard of lounge facilities to Rail-travellers.

Executive lounges will be set up first in Delhi. Later, plans are on to set up such lounges in the railway stations of other metropolitan cities like Howrah, Mumbai Central and Chennai as well as in touristy places such as Agra, Bangalore, Pune and Trivandrum.

The approval of the plan and tender was done  six months ago. This plan is  under execution keeping in mind the facilities one can provide mainly to the travellers who come from all parts of the country to the capital for business purposes. meetings, conferences and other marketing purposes for a few hours and they don’t have any place to stay.

The services will be in line with the pre-departure and post-arrival composite facilities that may be required by the rail travellers.

‘The lounge in the New Delhi railway station will be in an area of 300 sqm. at the Ajmeri Gate side outside platform no. 16. The construction work is on full swing, which is expected to get ready within a month and will be into use and full fledge operation next year at its earliest expecting a heavy footfall’, said Pradeep Kundu PRO Of IRCTC.

‘It will have a capacity of approx 125 persons with comfortable chairs, sofas and even recliners. There will be a separate private dining area (apart from the common dinning space) for families or groups who may like to use it,’ he added.

The basket of services includes, food and beverage, luggage rack, wheelchairs for senior citizens / handicapped, wi-fi, business centre/enclosure with phone, fax, laptop facility, locker facility, wash and change facilities (separate for ladies and gents) with high quality toiletries including laundered bath/hand towels, tissue paper, liquid soap with dispenser and shower kit, separate toilets for differently-abled passengers, toilets and urinals (separate for ladies and gents) and newspapers and magazines. Retailing of books, magazines and music, journey conveniences and gifts will also be offered. The passengers will have buffet service of meals. The passengers on their arrival will be issued each with a smart card for stay of three hours, for Rs 300, which may be increased on hourly basis if required.

There will be a slew of services on offer for the comfort and convenience of the railway passengers which up until now has only been the privilege of the air passengers in our country.
Anannya Chatterjee

Anannya Chatterjee

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