Indian Railways opened its second sleeping pod facility at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in South Mumbai. Railway authorities have taken this initiative to provide more comfortable, affordable and affordable accommodation options to their passengers along with modern facilities. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav tweeted the pictures and soon positive comments started pouring in in the comment section. “New age amenities at your service. Sleeping pods at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station,” his tweet read.
This new facility is located near the waiting room on the main line of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station. Currently, a total of 40 pods are available, including 30 single pods, 6 double pods and 4 family pods. Passengers will be provided complete privacy with mobile charging facility, locker room facility, fire alarm, intercom, deluxe toilet and bathroom in their air-conditioned pods. To book their pods, passengers can either do it through online mode at the reception or through the mobile app.
The contract for development and operation of sleeping pods was awarded to Namah Enterprises, which will pay a license fee of Rs 10,07,786 per annum to Railways for five years and generate revenue of Rs 55.68 lakh. Railway authorities have provided 131.61 square meters of space for all modern facilities to the passengers for a comfortable stay at CSMT.
The Pod Hotel at Railway Terminus has been developed under the New Innovative Non-Fare Revenue Income Scheme (NINFRIS). The first pod hotel of Indian Railways was opened for passengers on November 17, 2021 at Mumbai Central Railway Station of Western Railway (WR).