Indian Railways drafts plans to boost tourism

Published on : Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Indian RailwaysIndian Railways (IR) plans to work to increase public-private partnership in running tourist trains.

 
IR plans to introduce dedicated train services for domestic and international tourists, catering to customers at all income levels.

 
The proposal is part of the maiden draft tourism policy which IR is bringing out in a bid to enhance private partnership in running tourist trains.

 
“A concept of tourist train with differential tariff will be worked out. The train will comprise different classes of accommodation like Sleeper 3A, 2A and 1A coaches, as per demand,” said IR.

 
“The IR will operate the train on different circuits with normal tariff or with a mark up.” it said. Additionally, the Railways plans to rope in several service providers, including Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), to manage other services such as hotel accommodation and sightseeing for domestic and international tourists.

 
The Railways also proposes to reserve special coaches for tourists on trains running through tourist spots across the country. It will auction such dedicated tourist coaches to tour operators “at a premium based on which the tour operator may carry the passengers/tourists to be booked by it,” according to IR’s draft Tourism Policy 2017. It has invited comments on its draft policy, uploaded on its website till April 24.

 
It plans to unveil ‘Bharat Darshan Trains’ catering “for the masses” with sleeper class coaches For promoting religious tourism, the IR proposed introducing Astha Circuit Trains and State Tirth Trains. While the former will be operated by the IR at its own expense, the latter will be run on request from state governments at their cost. Advance booking for foreign tourists will begin a year in advance so that they can plan their journey.

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