Soon, you could be enjoying a lovely lunch inside a railway coach. But it’s not going to be your ordinary railway coach. The Indian Railways has turned an old railway coach into a restaurant at the Jabalpur Station. By Karan Kaushik
In a novel initiative, the Indian Railways has been working towards transforming old coaches into restaurants at some of the railway stations across the country. The move is aimed at generating non-fare revenue by starting similar restaurants at six other stations of the Western Central Railways.
Indian Railways is all set to open a restaurant in an old railway coach in Jabalpur. Here’s what we know
The West Central Railway took to its official Twitter handle to share the news with the public. According to the tweet, the railway is expected to generate annual revenue of INR 13 lakh through the restaurant. “Once the restaurant opens, a revenue of ₹13 lakh will be earned annually under non-fare revenue,” the tweet said.
The Indian Railways had launched the innovative concept of remodelling old and defunct railway coaches, which could no longer be used in trains. These concept restaurants are expected to draw food lovers and people who have a special love and nostalgia for the railways.
पमरे द्वारा यात्री सुविधाओं मे बढ़ोत्तरी के अंतर्गत, जबलपुर रेलवे स्टेशन पर पुराने अनुपयोगी रेल कोच को कोच रेस्टॉरेंट में परिवर्तित करने का कार्य अंतिम चरण में है। इस कोच रेस्टॉरेंट की शुरुआत होने के पश्चात गैर किराया राजस्व के तहत प्रतिवर्ष 13 लाख रुपए का राजस्व अर्जित होगा। pic.twitter.com/NEq6Rb0RlE
— West Central Railway (@wc_railway) January 28, 2022
This is not the first such restaurant in the country though. In 2020, the Eastern Railway had started a similar restaurant at West Bengal’s Asansol Railway Station. These innovative restaurants on wheels are being set up with the help of private players, who have been given five-year-long contracts to refurbish the old coaches into fine dining restaurants.
As far as the restaurant in Jabalpur is concerned, it will be opened near platform 6 at the Jabalpur Railway Station.
According to a news report published in the New Indian Express, the railway is hopeful of generating INR 3.3 crore as license fees from the private operators over the next five years through seven concept restaurants. These restaurants will be opened in the Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions of the West Central Railway.
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