NEW DELHI – Soon, a smart well-dressed girl will welcome foreign travellers in coaches exclusively reserved for them in trains passing through
The railways seems to be bullish on the prospects of attracting foreign tourists as the ministry is considering a proposal to add exclusive coaches for foreign travellers with better facilities to attract tourists and earn money.
As luxury trains have added a new dimension to the country’s tourism landscape, railways now wants to promote tourism through normal trains by adding designer coaches with better facilities.
The ambitious plan to earn forex aims to develop tour packages connecting tourist places with trains and luxurious buses keeping foreign tourists in mind for whom money is not a constraint.
To attract foreign travellers, these coaches will be designed to have more leg space, ergonomically designed seats and toilets, wider sleeping berths and aesthetic interiors.
“The railway ministry was very positive to the committee’s recommendation,” said Shuvaprasanna, chairman, public amenities committee (PAC) and close associate of railway minister Mamata Banerjee.
“We want bigger window panes in these coaches like most foreign trains so that travellers can enjoy the country’s natural landscape,” Shuvaprasanna said.
As of now, tourists can enjoy such lavish facilities only in luxury tourist trains — Palace On Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Fairy Queen and The Golden Chariot. Now, the plan is to extend it to other trains too.
The proposal envisages having well dressed attendants — young girls and boys — to make tourists’ journey more pleasant. The new coaches will also have mobile charging facilities in each cabin and points to connect laptops. The high-profile committee has also suggested having call-bell facilities in toilets to assist elderly and sick passengers.
There are also plans to promote tourism through rail in foreign countries by making literature, leaflets and brochures available in major cities in Europe, US and South-East Asia, the places of high tourist inflow.
“We want domestic tourism to be managed in a more professional way,” the PAC chairman said, adding that railways was also likely to launch a 24-hour TV channel to promote its activities.