Apart from the two existing facilities, the Central Railway will soon set up ‘Restaurant on Wheels’ at four more stations in Maharashtra to provide diners with a unique experience inside a modified coach mounted on rails, officials said on Tuesday.
Under the Non Fare Revenue Scheme, the CR opened one such restaurant at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) last year and another at Nagpur station earlier this year.
Similar restaurants will open soon at Akurdi, Chinchwad, Baramati (all in Pune district) and Miraj (Sangli) stations as part of the scheme, according to a Central Railway (CR) release.
“The ‘Restaurant on Wheel’ is a modified coach mounted on rails that serves fine dining and accommodates more than 40 patrons inside the coach with tables”
Its interiors have been designed so that guests can enjoy the experience of dining in a rail-themed setting, according to the company.
“The ‘Restaurant on Wheels’ theme is a superb example of passenger-friendly initiatives combined with novel revenue generation ideas,” the company said.
Since the opening of the two facilities, approximately 1.25 lakh visitors have dined at the CSMT restaurant, and 1.50 lakh have visited the Nagpur outlet.
The CR stated that it has identified seven additional locations for similar projects under its jurisdiction: Lokmanya Tilak Teminus, Dadar (in Mumbai), Kalyan (Thane), Lonavala (Pune), Igatpuri (Nashik), Neral, and Matheran (in Raigad district).