In a first, 39 trains originating from Indore will now offer foot and head massage services to passengers on board, Railway officials stated on Saturday. The service will be available for ₹100 per passenger and has been rolled out with immediate effect.
Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, Director Media of the Railway Ministry told IANS, "The Ratlam Division has issued an order on June 7 for provision of head and foot massage facilities to passengers on 39 trains originating from the Indore railway station under the New, Innovative Non-Fare Revenue Ideas Scheme (NINFRIS) policy."
Bajpai said that each train would have about three-to-five masseurs, who will be hired on contract and the services won’t be available from 10pm - 6am! "The contractors and the masseurs would be given identity cards after proper background checks."
He said that the initiative will help the Railways earn ₹20 lakh annually, above the ₹90 lakh it makes from ticket sales every year.
The trains on which the service has been provided include Malwa Express, Indore-Lingampalli Humsafar Express, Avantika Express, Indore-Veraval Mahamana Express, Shipra Express, Narmada Express, Ahilya Nagari Express, Panchvally Express, Indore-Pune Express.
Indore has always gelled with the present scenario of the people’s needs and made reforms keeping in mind the greater good! This facility is surely going to translate to profits for the authorities while increasing the comfort of the commuters.