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Central Railway to open pod hotel services at Mumbai's CSMT in June

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jun 04, 2022 5:00 PM

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A pod hotel is being developed at the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai, which is likely to be opened for public late in this June .

Also known as capsule hotel, second such facility of Indian Railways

This pod hotel, also known as a capsule hotel, will be the second such facility of the Indian Railways in the metropolis. Earlier, on November 17, 2021, a pod hotel was opened for passengers at the Mumbai Central railway station of the Western Railway (WR).

Structure of pod hotel

The pod hotel is under development near the waiting room on the main line (outstation train terminus) of the CSMT and will have a capacity of 50 persons. This hotel will have four family pods with a capacity of two people and will also have 30 single pods. Besides separate washrooms and shower rooms for men and women, the facility will have a luggage room for the passengers. Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of the Central Railway said that the contract for development and operation of the sleeping pods has been awarded to Namah Enterprises, which will give license fees of Rs 10, 07,786 per annum to the railways.

"Railways will generate revenue of Rs 55.68," said Sutar, through which the licensee will receive 131.61 square meters for the arrival and departure of passengers with all modern facilities for a comfortable stay. 

He added that he would develop a cabin. He said the Pod Hotel is in the process of being developed and will be open to passengers later this month.

First pod hotel was made at Mumbai Central railway station

The first pod hotel of the Indian Railways was introduced at the Mumbai Central railway station by Minister of State for Railways, Raosaheb Danve, in November 2021. It has 48 capsule like rooms , including classic pods, private pods, separate pods for women and for the differently abled passengers.

CSMT is one of the busiest railway stations in the country, which is used by lakhs of passengers using suburban as well as outstation train services on a daily basis.

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