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IRCTC to launch state-of-the-art sleeping pod facility at Mumbai Central Railway Station soon!

According to the reports, a total of 48 pods will be set up at Mumbai Central for passengers waiting for their trains.

Facilitating a smoother travel experience, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is likely to start its first sleeping pods facility at Mumbai Central Railway Station, before the end of this month. Passengers waiting to board their trains at the terminal will soon be able to do so while relaxing in the state-of-the-art sleeping pods, at an affordable rate. These next-gen pod hotels are similar to small and self-contained capsules where weary commuters can catch some rest. This service will be available for the travellers on an hourly basis, states the report.

Launch planned ahead of the festive season

Reportedly, while the work on the first pod is in its final stages currently, its launch has been planned for the last week of October, ahead of the festive and New Year season at this terminal. Besides, the official announcement for the same is expected to roll out soon as well. Apart from this, the Central Railway is also purportedly planning to put up 32 sleeping pods at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) while 48 pods are expected to come up at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) as well.

Affordable & quality accommodation facility for commuters

According to the reports, a total of 48 pods will be set up at Mumbai Central for passengers waiting for their trains. Out of these, 7 pods have already been marked as ladies-only while among the others, there are 30 classic pods and 10 private pods. Apart from this, there is 1 disabled-friendly pod as well which can accommodate two individuals at a time. Moreover, going by the reports, 5 only-shower units will also be installed at the terminal.

As per the official, the aim is to offer quality accommodation facilities to all types of travellers, including backpackers and those planning an overnight stay, in a hygienic and comfortable environment. Reportedly, apart from basic facilities, these pods will also be equipped with modern amenities like WiFi, hygienic washrooms, air conditioning, CCTV surveillance and key card access. Though this facility will reportedly be offered on an hourly basis, however, its tariff has not been announced yet.

The origin of sleeping pods

This innovative concept of pay-per-use lounges, offering private rooms was originated in the city of Osaka in the Kansai region of Japan. The sleeping pod is a famous feature of international tourism that allows visitors to enjoy cheaper accommodation as compared to conventional hotels. After taking over the world by storm, this first-of-its-kind sleep solution is now heading to Mumbai.

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