NEW DELHI : Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has floated tenders for setting up its premium Executive Lounge at 16 more stations that provides airport lounge-like facilities to passengers at an affordable rate.
The new stations where the Executive Lounge will come up are Jaipur, Vijayawada, Kathgodam, Sealdah, Howrah, Dhanbad, Patna, Ajmer, Darbhanga, Bhubaneshwar, Vishakhapatnam, Bilaspur, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, Puri and Nagpur. IRCTC, a ‘mini-Ratna’ PSU of Indian Railways, had started the facility at New Delhi station in November 2012. Earlier this month, it signed MoUs with the railway administration to set up the swanky lounge at Agra Cantt, Lucknow and Gorapkhpur stations, added the release.
“We are enthused by the growing response to the Executive Lounge that is considered a showpiece in our portfolio of passenger amenities,” IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr. A K Manocha said.
“The decision to set up lounges at 16 more stations is part of our efforts to provide top-rate facilities to travelling passengers and make their journey, especially waiting at stations, a pleasant one,” he added.
The lounge provides a string of airport-like facilities, including wash and change, Wi-Fi, Internet, Live TV, channel music, buffet services, newspaper/book stand, train information system and concierge services for pre-departure and post-arrival assistance to passengers.
While welcome drink, tea/coffee and Wi-fi are made available on a complimentary basis, services like food and beverages are available on a chargeable basis. The Executive Lounge accepts credit cards and debit cards, apart from cash. This makes the travel safer as passengers are not required to carry cash.
The executive lounges at the 16 stations are likely to come up in a year’s time. Once operational, it will hugely change the profile of passenger amenities at these stations. The Railways will identify space on ground floor at the main platforms of these stations, which will then be handed over to IRCTC for setting up the lounge.
All these lounges are to be set up by IRCTC at its own cost and under its own brand name. It will plan, design, develop, commission, supervise and control the facility while the ownership will remain with the Railways.