According to sources, the Railways Ministry is planning to set up cabins equipped with computers, printers, internet and refreshments in a few coaches of select trains mainly Shatabdis and some medium-distance AC Express trains on a pilot basis to provide work-related amenities for corporates on the move.
This dedicated space would offer business travellers all the facilities they require to perform their official tasks, said a source. The department is expected to charge a substantial amount, over and above the fare, from those who opt for the Office on Wheels facility.
Sources said the Railways has already identified several routes which see a high number of business travellers. We feel there will be enough takers for this concept, even if they have to pay extra, said a Railways official.
Another announcement that Railways Minister D V Sadananda Gowda may make is the setting-up of a suburban railway network in Bangalore.
With the passenger fares being increased a few days back, the Rail Budget is expected to present a stable financial position. The focus will be on mopping up revenues and meeting financial targets, said a source.
- RAGHVENDRA RAO