Station-to-home drop service among new ideas cleared by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Station-to-home drop service among new ideas cleared by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu
IRCTC may soon offer the Station-to-home service whereby you will be able to hire someone to receive you at the station when your train arrives. He will also take care of your luggage and then drop you home in a secure cab. All this in a package deal offered by IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation).
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu last month approved a bunch of new initiatives for IRCTC. Among them is the concept of “Concierge Service”, which is to be started with a pilot project in New Delhi.
The IRCTC, which is basically an e-commerce giant of the railways, has also been given the go-ahead to explore the business of operating helicopter services at the Vaishno Devi shrine, run glass-roof trains for tourists, introduce special air-conditioned local train service in the metro cities and, in what is being viewed as unusual, sell apples too.
The IRCTC will procure high-quality apples from Container Corporation of India’s Sonepat facility. It will sell them to train passengers, at railway colonies and subsequently find other institutional bulk buyers, for instance the Indian Army.
The proposals were discussed in a meeting Prabhu had with IRCTC officials, where the corporation was identified as a potential big earner and a carrier of value-added services in the railways ecosystem with minimum liability to the transporter.
The helicopter service for devotees to the Vaishno Devi shrine is also one such service. With Katra railway station now operational in Jammu, the majority of devotees are railway passengers. Two helipads in Katra were made for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the station earlier last year.