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Rail Budget 2014 plans new concept for business traveller, 'Office on Wheels'

Jul 08 2014, 09:31 IST
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Railways is planning to set up cabins equipped with computers, printers, internet on a pilot basis to provide amenities for corporates on the move. Railways is planning to set up cabins equipped with computers, printers, internet on a pilot basis to provide amenities for corporates on the move.
SummaryRailways Ministry is planning to set up special cabins in Shatabdis and some AC Express trains.

In its maiden Rail Budget on Tuesday, the NDA government is likely to announce the launch of a new concept for the business traveller — “Office on Wheels”.

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.

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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.

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