Update: June 10, 2019 9:24 AM STI
Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], June 10 (ANI): With a plan to introduce professional massage services on trains, a railroad official said on Sunday that masseurs (men) would initially be hired for the project and, subsequently, on the basis of its success, the masseuse will be introduced.
Masseurs who will provide professional services to train passengers will need to travel with their own ticket and their number will be displayed to passengers to take advantage of the services, the railways official said.
Indian Railways on Saturday announced massage services for passengers to be made available on 39 trains expelled from Indore. The 39 trains from Indore will soon be offering head and foot massage services to its passengers.
DRM Division Ratlam, RN Sunkar said, “We have already awarded tenders. Initially we will only have masseurs and depending on the success of the project we will introduce masseurs.”
“The masseurs will travel as passengers and carry their own tickets. The railways will benefit as these tickets will generate more revenue and an additional benefit of Rs 20 lakh per year. Passengers on board can call for services via the number contact information displayed on coaches, ”Sunkar said.
Passengers praised the railways’ initiative and said it would be of great help for those tired from the long trip and for older commuters.
“It will help passengers. Elderly passengers, women, daily commuters and others will benefit. However, I believe massage services should be provided at preferential rates to those traveling in sleeper class,” said Anil Jain, a traveler from Indore.
“Such types of services should also be launched in Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmadabad,” he added.
“I am a regular traveler and I see the problem faced by the elderly traveling by train. It would be of great help for these passengers and also for those who need it medically. The fares seem normal,” said Ankit Bansal , who is originally from Rajasthan.
“It would also be of great help for passengers tired of the long journey,” he added.
“The Ministry of Railways has given us instructions to provide as many facilities as possible for the passengers. So we decided to start this. The agency has been appointed and they will appoint qualified masseurs and provide us with their medical certificates and others, then we’ll allow them, ”Sunkar said.
The railways will charge Rs 100 each for a foot or head massage and the charges will increase if a passenger wants “specialized services”, the use of drugs or oils. The fees will vary accordingly, the manager said.
The massage service will not be available during night hours (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Service is expected to begin within the next 15-20 days. Some of the 39 trains in which this service will be provided include Malwa Express, Humsafar Express, Mahamana Express and Shipra Express, among others. (ANI)