For the first time in the history of Indian Railways, massage services will be made available for passengers on board running trains. This facility will be made available in 39 trains departing from Indore, a railway official said Saturday.
This was a proposal from the Ratlam division of Western Railway zone, the official said.
"This is the first time in the 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 the additional sale of tickets from about 20,000 passengers 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 service will be available for Rs 100 each for foot massage and head massage.
This scheme is part of the Indian 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.
The massage service onboard trains is likely to commence in next 15-20 days. Passengers should note that the service will not be available during odd hours of travel (10 PM to 6 AM).
The Ratlam division on June 6 issued a LOA for provision of Head and/or foot massage facilities to passengers in 39 trains originating from Indore railway station under NINFRIS Policy.
This proposal will fetch Rs 20.00 lakhs in a year, whereas the deemed earning will be 90.00 lakhs (towards ticket ) as it will increase approximately Rs. 20,000 passengers (massage providers ) in a year.
Contract for providing such facility to passengers has been done for the first time in Indian Railways.