Date of Post : 29 July, 2017
CHENNAI: The Indian Railways has come out with a policy which “encourages viable proposals for generating revenue from non-conventional resources”.
One of them is to rent out station buildings for a wide variety of events, including wedding ceremonies.
In response to a unstarred question in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the ministry replied that portions of stations which were less busy could be rented out for marriage ceremonies & other programmes.
- Zonal railways & divisions have been empowered under the policy to take the decision & work out the modalities of which stations to rent out and which part of the station would be rented out for the ceremony.
- The focus would be on revenue maximisation.
- Renting out railway stations for ceremonies is part of the new non-fare revenue policy.
- A separate directorate has been created for this purpose.
- Countries like Japan earn up to 30% from non-traditional sources.