Tour operators can now take trains on lease from the Eastern Railway with an exclusive right to use the rakes for a period of time or can even procure rakes of their choice directly from the railway.
“Given our rich and diverse cultural heritage, Bharat Gaurav Scheme will give a new lease of life to the pandemic-hit tourism industry. ER has drawn up its action plan for offering optimum support to private tour operators. The operators can choose the kind of rake they require. They can decide the theme, route, tariff, change the interior, can choose a name for the train and enjoy both interior and exterior advertisement rights,” said Eastern Railway general manager Arun Arora.
Any interested tour operator can apply online by registering with a one-time fee of Rs 1 lakh. The operator has to offer sightseeing, food, local transport, hotels at stopover places, onboard entertainment and other such things. The arrangement can be for two to 10 years, said Arora.Operators have to give a security deposit of Rs 1 crore per rake. The size of each train would be 14-20 coaches, including two guard vans. ER has earmarked 3,033 ICF coaches for this.
Source: Times of India