Indian Railways Convert Old Coaches Into Restaurants to Generate Revenue

Indian Railways develop an additional source of revenue in a creative way. The Indian Railways has come up with rail coach restaurants that will be establishe at several stations and will serve passengers as well as the general public. 

The West Central Railways release five-year contracts under the non-far revenue (NFR) policy.

The NFR policy ensures that the Railways is adding bulk to their income through various sources other than freight and passenger receipts.

In the five-year contracts the owner will be able to open their restaurants in the coaches provided by Indian Railways but the ownership of the refurbished freights will remain with the railways.

The rail coach restaurants will be made by refurbishing and reviving old coaches which are on the edge of becoming defunct.

These railway coaches will be establishe in a 200-square feet area at seven major railway stations under the Jabalpur and Bhopal division of Madhya Pradesh.

The restaurants when set up will become a source of an additional income of roughly Rs.4.7 crore as non-fair revenue.

The restaurants will be develope in the circulating section of Bhopal, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Madan Mahal, Rewa, Katni Murwara, and Satna stations under the Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions, according to a Financial Express report.

The rail coach restaurant is not a new idea but has previously been implement in the city of Asansol, West Bengal.

Christened as ‘Restaurant on Wheels,’ the rail coach restaurant operates in the circulating area of Asansol Railway Station.

Asansol MP, Babul Supriyo inaugurated the first-of-its-kind restaurant on 26th February 2020.

The Restaurant on Wheels was develope with two decrepit MEMU coaches as the restaurant’s skeleton.

When it was inaugurate in Asansol the Restaurant of Wheels was introduce to the railway station with a target of Rs.50 lakh non-fare revenue over a period of five years.


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