IRCTC floats tender for the first Pod Hotel in Mumbai

The Indian Rail Catering Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) floated its tenders on January 9 and stated that the pod hotels will be open for public by December 2020.

IRCTC floats tender for the first Pod Hotel in Mumbai

The Indian Rail Catering Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is planning to open a pod hotel at Mumbai Central. It has already floated tenders for this on January 9. The pod hotel with 30 pods will be open for the public by December 2020. 

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A capsule hotel or pod hotels, as it is popularly known, is a type of hotel which had originated from Japan. It has several small rooms which are known as capsules. In Mumbai Central station, two non-AC rooms will be constructed into a 30-pods hotel wherein people can choose classic or suite capsules. The classic capsule will offer a bed for one with lockers, charging sockets and baggage space. The suite pods will have a large bed for two passengers, personal lockers and WiFi. 

The pod hotel will also be equipped with lounge area, cafeteria, changing areas and washrooms. Notably, the first privately owned pod hotel in Mumbai was opened at Andheri in 2017. Urban Pod in Andheri is near SEEPZ and is well connected to Mumbai's International and Domestic Airport. The unique characteristic of pods is that they are cost-efficient as compared to hotel rooms. 

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