Indian Railways passengers can now book bedrolls online and also at the IRCTC-run food outlets at stations.
As a passenger-friendly measure, we have to introduce e-bedroll facility that allows passengers to order bedrolls online and also at the counters of food plazas at stations, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) CMD AK Manocha said.
Initially, the facility will be introduced on a trial basis at four stations this month. These stations are New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Mumbai Central.
Passengers can avail this facility by paying Rs 140 for two bed sheets and a pillow and Rs 110 for a blanket. These can be purchased together at a cost of Rs 250 or can be purchased separately.
Manocha said a major feature of the scheme is that the bedroll is a takeaway facility and passengers can take it home.
Currently, bedrolls are provided only in AC classes in trains, now there is arrangement for sleeper class passengers to avail a takeaway bedroll kit at a highly concessional price, he said.
Moreover if a passenger of AC class also likes to buy a fresh bedroll he can also opt for this service. The bedroll kit can be booked on e-ticketing site of IRCTC.
“Passenger can also purchase them from the IRCTCu2019s vending units at the station,” he said.
According to IRCTC the facility is being introduced on the basis of a survey conducted among rail passengers.
IRCTC will expand this facility at more stations after evaluating the response.
“IRCTC has introduced e-catering facility that has significantly expanded the catering choices of travelling passengers.
The e-bedroll facility will further upscale and supplement facilities for them in a novel way,” he added.