Rajdhani, Shatabdi to lose colour at a cost: The Times of India

Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 09:58

New Delhi: Two years after the Railways decided to turn Rajdhanis into a profit-making unit, it has now decided to offer more space inside trains for advertisement to augment revenue. This comes as part of unique PPP model where Railways is looking at increasing private participation to cut down costs.

However, for this to happen, the Rajdhanis and Shatabdis might just have to lose their unique red and blue coloured coaches.

According to Railway Board sources, each zone will be asked to identify five trains including Rajdhani and Shatabdi-class of trains for utilizing their space for product promotion.

‘‘Along with advertising their products, the clients will also be responsible for the upkeep of coaches, cleanliness and onboard sanitation in coaches,’’ said a railway official.

The reserve price for product promotion has been fixed at Rs 1 crore in Rajdhani trains and Rs 50 lakh for Shatabdi trains.

First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 09:58

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