New Delhi: In a bid to provide three-star hotel facilities to its commuters, the Indian Railways has decided to hand over the charge of retiring rooms of key railway stations in New Delhi to private companies.
Major stations in the national capital i.e. New Delhi, Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin railway junction’s retiring rooms will be handed over to private companies soon.

“This move will increase the revenue of Indian Railways,” said Railway officials.

In the first phase, New Delhi railway station’s retiring room will be given on lease which will be followed by old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin's in the second phase. The railway administration has already started this  exercise.

“The lease would be for a period of 10 years and 80 percent of the revenue will go to the Railways and 20 percent to the concerned contractor,” the officials said.

So far, the retiring rooms were under the charge of Indian Railways and despite spending huge fund on their maintenance, commuters were not happy with the services.

“Currently Indian Railway earns Rs 35 lakhs in a month and this revenue is expected to rise to Rs 70 lakhs once the charge is shifted to private hands,” they added.

The contractor is expected to spend money on decoration and maintenance of the retiring rooms, besides providing catering services to the customers.

Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway, Shailendra Kumar Sharma said, “The process to hand over Ajmeri Gate’s retiring room on lease is already underway. Applications have been invited from those willing to take contracts and soon tenders would be given.