Indian Railways begin new side hustle: Massage service
That's a first!
The Indian Railways on Saturday announced massage services for passengers on board running trains. The service will be made available in 39 trains departing from Indore.
Each train would have about three-to-five masseurs, who will be hired on contract. The contractors and the masseurs would be given identity cards after proper background checks. The service is likely to commence in 15-20 days and will be available from 6 am to 10 pm. Rs 100 each will be charged for head massage and foot massage.
This was a proposal from the Ratlam division of Western Railway zone, Rajesh Bajpai, director, media and communication, railway board said. Under the scheme, three types of services will be provided. A Gold type will use any non-sticky oil or olive oil and will cost you Rs 100. The Diamond package will set you back Rs 200 with essential oils, cream or wipes. In the premium Platinum service, you will be massaged with any Argan oil or cream or wipes which will cost Rs 300. One session will last for 15-20 minutes.
Trains with massage service
The trains on which the service has been provided include Malwa Express, Indore-Lingampalli Humsafar Express, Avantika Express, Indore-Veraval Mahamana Express, Shipra Express, Narmada Express, Ahilya Nagari Express, Panchvally Express, Indore-Pune Express.
This scheme is part of the railways' scheme whereby zones and divisions have been asked to come out with new and innovative ideas to generate non-fare revenue for the national transporter. The initiative will help the Railways earn Rs 20 lakh annually, above the Rs 90 lakh it makes from ticket sales every year.