Soon, passengers will get to shop in long-distance trains

The Western Railway (WR) is planning to finalise the contract that will allow shopping carts on board 16 trains and will roll out the facility in January

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Soon, passengers aboard long-distance trains starting in Mumbai will be able to enjoy a shopping experience similar to the one found on flights. The Western Railway (WR) is planning to finalise the contract that will allow shopping carts on board 16 trains and will roll out the facility in January.

If the plan rolls out, the contractor will have to pay WR ₹40,000 per train per month as a licence fee. There will be two salesmen in each train with a shopping cart who will be in uniform and will be equipped with point of sale machines to facilitate credit and debit cards. Salesmen will also provide catalogues to passengers who will be able to browse through before placing an order.

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WR believes that it will earn ₹3.66 crore in five years once it is launched. WR Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Ravinder Bhakar said the licensee will not be allowed to sell food and contraband. He added that the salespersons will be allowed only between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm and won’t be able to promote their products by using a microphone or by shouting.

Initially, the contractor will begin the service on two trains and every subsequent quarter will add two more.

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