New Delhi: A visual treat for the passengers of Delhi-bound Shatabdi trains! According to a plan finalised by the Northern Railway, passengers of select Shatabdi trains will be offered the live TV service as part of an infotainment package without being charged for it.

A senior Northern Railway official said, "As per the plan, an eight-inch LCD TV screen will be installed behind every seat in Executive Class and Chair Cars in six Shatabdi trains originating from the capital."

The trains which are being considered for installation of TV sets include Amritsar Shatabdi, Kalka Shatabdi, Lucknow Shatabdi, Bhopal Shatabdi, Ajmer Shatabdi and Dehradun

"This will be a free of cost value-added service for Shatabdi passengers who will have a good time catching up on news and entertainment including cricket matches," said the official.

Northern Railways had a trial run of the service in Kalka Shatabdi before deciding to introduce it in all six Shatabdi trains originating from here.

"Response was very encouraging. There are many service providers who are keen to provide the service," he said.

Envisaged on a PPP model, the service providers will install TV sets and provide manpower to run the system.

"The TV service will be operationalised by the service providers who will be allowed to air advertisement and share a part of the ad revenue with the railways," said the official.

While passengers will be catching up on news and entertainment free of cost, the private service provider will share the revenue earned from the programmes.

While some Shatabdi trains have a total of 900 seats, other such trains have 1,100 seats. The number of coaches in each Shatabdi also varies.

However, the official said the purpose behind launching the TV service is to provide value-added service and not to earn additional revenue.

"The infotainment package is being offered as additional amenities to passengers and it is a win-win deal for passengers, railways and the agency providing the service," he said.