Indian Railways To Provide Head & Foot Massage To Passengers In 39 Trains
New Delhi: In a first, the Indian Railways will provide massage services for passengers on board 39 trains. This facility will be made available in 39 trains departing from Indore which include Dehradun-Indore Express (14317), Indore-Puri Humsafar Express (19317), New Delhi-Indore Intercity Express (12416) and Indore-Amritsar Express (19325), a railway official said Saturday.
The proposal to initiate the massage service came from the Ratlam division of Western Railway zone, the official said.
“This is the first time in history of railways that we will provide massaging service for passenger comfort on running trains. It will not only increase revenue but also add passengers. Railways to earn an additional revenue of Rs 20 lakh annually and an estimated increase of Rs 90 lakh per year through additional sale of tickets from about 20,000 passenger who will be the service providers. “This is the first time that such a contract has been signed,” said Rajesh Bajpai, director, media and communication, railway board.
The massage service is likely to start in the next 15-20 days and will be available from 6 am to 10 pm. Rs 100 each will be charged for head massage and foot massage. Three to five massage providers will travel on each train. The railways will provide them identity cards.
Noteworthy, this scheme is part of the railways’ scheme whereby zones and divisions have been asked to come out with new and innovative ideas to generate non-fare revenue for the national transporter.