Central Railway opens new AC waiting lounge at LTT at Rs.10 for passengers waiting for long-distance trains

Passengers who have to wait for their long-distance trains at the Lokmanya Tilak (LTT) terminus will no longer have to travel to the platforms. Central Railway (CR) recently opened a new state-of-the-art air-conditioned waiting lounge at LTT for a nominal charge of Rs 10 per hour. It is managed according to the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

“AC waiting room rates for adult passengers, a fee of Rs 10/- per hour. Non-AC waiting rooms (ladies and general) for passengers are always free,” a CR officer said adding that the air-conditioned section of this waiting room can accommodate approximately 100 passengers at a time.

This waiting room is equipped with sofas, dining tables, cloakroom, possibility of catering inside the waiting room toilet and bath (hot water), stacking of passenger luggage, mobile charging, reclining chair and facilities Wireless.

Typically, waiting rooms were built and maintained by the railways and were an additional burden on their coffers. Since the railways are currently facing a shortage of funds due to declining revenues, the program is implemented in the non-fare revenue band.

“The upgrade of the waiting room on the Renovation, Operation, Maintenance and Transfer (ROMT) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus was carried out by the Mumbai Division The operator will have to pay Rs 11,80,329/- pa as a license fee to the railway. The total value of the contract is Rs 59,01,645/ for 5 years,” a CR official said.

“Our goal is to provide better conveniences to passengers at our stations,” said Shivaji Sutar, Public Relations Manager, CR.

Sutar said the cost has been kept low to encourage passengers to use the lounge and not crowd the platforms, especially during peak hours. “Compared to airport lounges, the fees are affordable. General waiting rooms will remain free,” he added.

Railway officials said waiting rooms previously had several problems, including overcrowding and a lack of facilities. “Waiting rooms have been met with widespread unauthorized entry and prolonged use by passengers. Overcrowding led to inadequate cooling and available assets were always stretched to the limit,” a CR official said.

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Posted: Monday, May 23, 2022, 11:03 p.m. IST

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