New Delhi: In order to make passengers' lodging experience at railway stations even better and comfortable, Indian Railways is planning to set up pod hotels near railway stations! Railways' tourism and catering arm, IRCTC has proposed to set up a pod hotel near the Mumbai Central railway station soon, reported Business Today.
IRCTC spokesperson Pinakin Morawala was quoted in the report saying, "The proposal is in nascent stages and the land has been identified. We are now awaiting approval from Western Railway before sanctioning a feasibility study". "The capsule concept will be one-of-a-kind with ultra-modern, smart amenities available to passengers". "This construction proposal is part of a wave of innovative ideas to enhance passenger experience", he further added.
These pods will reportedly have hi-tech facilities like temperature and light control, USB ports and power sockets, entertainment screens, Wi-Fi, intercoms, personal lockers, changing room, dining, washroom, lounge etc. Morawala also told the business daily that each pod will be about 5 feet by 7 feet but, despite the size, it will offer all essential facilities required for comfortable stay.
It may be noted that pod hotels are not a new concept. It has been extremely popular in Japan. Japan has dozens of pod hotels also known as capsule hotels which are equipped with hi-tech amenities. The concept entered India in 2017 when Mumbai got Urbanpod, the country's first pod capsule hotel.
IRCTC is apparently looking to set up such pod hotels near all major stations if the project takes off well initially. Although there is no cost estimation of the project as of yet, Morawala told the BT that the tariffs will be based on the number of hours a pod is used.