The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has opened an executive lounge on the Ajmeri Gate side of the New Delhi Railway Station.
The lounge offers buffet meals, beverages, snacks, a business centre, TV sets, newspapers, magazines, separate dining areas for groups and families, shopping, recliners and facilities for passengers to wash and change.
“The facility, built in a 300 square metre area, has been on trial for two weeks. We're likely to make a formal announcement on Thursday,” a senior IRCTC official said.
"Able to accommodate 125 people at a time, the 24x7 lounge is currently witnessing a daily footfall of 60-65 with 30-odd employees serving the passengers,” said lounge manager Saurav Kumar.
The Railways is issuing a Rs. 300 smart card to each passenger for three hours. This includes one of the three buffet meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — along with snacks. A meal includes soup, salads, veg and non-veg items, two kinds of desert and continental food.
Printing, phone, fax, scanning and Wi-Fi facilities are available for free at the business centre on the ground floor of the two-storey lounge. Without swiping the smart card issued from the reception one cannot enter the lounge.
On the ground floor, there is also a sofa lounge where passengers can read newspapers and magazines, a separate area for groups, a buffet counter, a WH Smith store for shopping and two washrooms. A display board gives train running information. On the first floor, there are four recliners, a sitting area with a TV set and a private dining area, besides washrooms.
“If a passenger wants to stay there for more than three hours, he will have to spend an additional Rs. 125 per hour. If somebody wants to wash and change, he will be given a kit at an additional charge of Rs. 175,” said Kumar. The lounge is available for both AC and non-AC passengers.