When almost all parts of India have their luxury trains, why should Eastern India be left out. Orissa government is planning to get a luxury train to cater to the comfort of lakhs of Indian and foreign tourists who visit the state every year. The matter is still in discussion with the high level members of the Railway Board, the team included Sanjiv Garg, the Additional Member of Tourism and Catering and AP Padhi, the Chief Secretary.
The Principal Secretary, Forest and Environment, SC Mohapatra, the Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev and Special Secretary of Commerce and Transport, MK Mishra and the Director of Tourism, Nitin Bhanudas Jawale were the other participants at the meet. Various aspects of this proposed luxury train were discussed at the meeting, which include finance, administration, management and business.
As per Orissa Tourism, the existing infrastructure is capable of providing a circuit tour to Chandipur, Bhitarkanika, Simlipal, Konark, Puri, Chilka, Debrigarh and Buddhist sites located in Orissa. This train will be in line with the grandeur and opulence offered by Palace on Wheels and Maharajas Express. This train is supposed to be a joint collaboration between Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) and Indian Railways.
At present Indian Railways run luxury trains at the states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Assam and has seen an immense improvement in revenue generation due to the introduction of luxury trains. These trains have approximately 22 coaches and each are exquisitely crafted to showcase the royal grandeur of India. LCD TV sets, free internet, international calling, impeccably designed dining cars serving global and Indian cuisines, bar and lounge, indoor gaming facilities are some of the facilities available in these trains. Each coach cost around 2.5 crore rupees.
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