Come 2012 and you will be able to enjoy facilities similar to the T3 executive lounge of the IGIA at the New Delhi railway station. So while you wait for your train at the station, you can chill out at the swanky new executive lounge, which is being constructed at the Ajmeri gate side of the New Delhi railway station.
"Passengers, especially the ones who come from the airport to board trains to their destinations, don't have a place to relax while they wait for their trains. With the opening of the lounge, they'll get all the facilities of an airport executive lounge at a price much lesser than what they pay at the airport lounge," said a senior railway officer.
The wi-fi-enabled lounge will be furnished with recliners and television sets and will stock books and magazines for the passengers. The passengers can also entertain themselves with live music which will be played in the lounge.
Apart from entertainment options, the lounge will have a mezzanine floor, a wash and changing room and a round-the-clock buffet service for the passengers.
However, all this will be available at a price. The 100-seater lounge will have an entry fee of Rs300.
"The lounge is coming up in an area of around 300 sq meters and will start operations in the first quarter of the next year," the officer added. Porter services will also be provided to the passengers who have to board trains. The lounge will be managed by the IRCTC.
There are plans to further expand the services to other major Delhi railway stations such as Old Delhi, Nizammudin and Anand Vihar.
"We have feedback from the passengers saying that they want all facilities like the ones at the IGIA at the railway station too, for which they are ready to pay. These lounges will come up at 50 major stations across the country," the officer said.