New Delhi: While travelling on trains, passengers will soon be able to get a ‘champi’ or a foot massage on board as the Indian Railways is planning to introduce massage services on 39 trains departing from Indore for the first time in the history of the national transporter. According to a railway official, the trains include Dehradun-Indore Express (14317), New Delhi-Indore Intercity Express (12416) and Indore-Amritsar Express (19325).
Railways expected to earn Rs 20 lakh annually from this service
“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,” said Rajesh Bajpai, director, media and communication, Railway Board.
“This is the first time that such a contract has been signed,” he added. The initiative was taken up by the management at the behest of the Ratlam division of Western Railway zone.
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When will the services commence and how much will it cost
The service is expected to start in the next 15-20 days and will be available between 6am and 10 pm. Around three to five massage providers will travel on each train and the Railways will provide them identity cards. Passengers will be charged Rs 100 each for head massage and foot massage.
The scheme is part of the Railway’s plan to come out with new and innovative ideas to generate non-fare revenue for the national transporter.