IRCTC has offered Rio Olympics medal winners, P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, a complimentary ride in the luxurious Maharajas’ Express train.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a railways PSU, has also extended the offer to Tripura’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who put up a spectacular performance at the Rio Olympics but missed out on a medal by a whisker.
“We feel proud to honour wrestler Sakshi Malik and ace shuttler P V Sindhu who have brought glory to the country through their medal-winning performances at the Rio Olympics. We feel equally honoured to felicitate Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian to reach the finals of an Olympics gymnastics event,” said IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A K Manocha.
“Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 @DipaKarmakar for superb performances. #IRCTC extends a trip in famed Maharajas’ Exp (sic),” IRCTC tweeted.
“Congratulations to @SakshiMalik for making India proud. @IRCTC_Ltd extends a trip in the famed Maharajas’ Express (sic),” it said in another tweet.
Maharajas’ Express, a signature product of IRCTC, offers finest luxury travel experience in India starting at $2,910 per person.
The Railways had earlier announced a cash award of Rs 60 lakh for Malik, a senior clerk with the Northern Railways.
Sindhu also belongs to the fraternity. Her father works with the Railways, while her mother is a former railway employee.