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Indian Railways to launch the first pod hotel of India at Mumbai Central

It’s the metropolitan city Mumbai was chosen by the Indian Railways and IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation) for erecting India’s first pod hotel to facilitate passengers for a short or long stay before train arrival/departure.Through Pod Hotels, the national transporter has planned to promote a systematic plan of lodging where passengers can book pod hotels of three different categories in a rent of less than Rs.400 per day. India’s first POD hotel will be made available to the travelers by the end of December 2020. These pod hotels will have small and ultra-modern capsules embedded with multiple facilities. Soon passengers will get an affordable lodging at Mumbai central and the project to construct pod hotels at other stations will be stated in 2020.

To facilitate the passengers from long waiting hours at platform premises and after analyzing the struggle behind non-availability of seats in waiting room, Indian Railways is all set to introduce the Japanese-style first-ever pod hotel for a refreshing stay.Passengers fanatically checking their train running status can opt out of the retiring room and hotel options as these POD hotels will be cheap to afford. For this purpose, two non-air conditioned waiting rooms on the first floor of the Mumbai Central railway station will be turned into this exclusive and modernized POD hotel with Japanese technology. As per one of the railway officials: “There will be 30 pods at the railway station and the Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation has also drafted tenders for this project. The pods will be ready for passengers in as little as six months.”

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IRCTC will offer three different types of pods to the passengers:
The Classic Pod
The Private Pod
The Suite Pod

The Classic Pod: It is the basic POD and is a great option for the single passengers. It has the following facilities:
A power socket for charging
Flexible and Mood lighting

The Private Pod:This pod is also for single passengers the only difference is about the facilities provided. The passengers can avail following facilities:
A window space
A personal TV
Complimentary Wi-Fi
A power socket for charging
Mood lighting

The Suite Pod:This is 110 feet Pod where two passengers can accommodate easily. It has following facilities:
A queen-size bed
Window facing room
Common bath facility
A marble study
A table
Cushioned seats
Satellite TV
A personal locker
Storage space for luggage

As per railway officials: “The tendering process for the construction of pods has commenced and IRCTC is aiming to launch the pod hotel service by the month of December 2020. The pods will be developed within six months after the tender is finalized, he said.”

POD Hotel Rent at Mumbai Central Junction: Rs 400 for 24 hours. Apart from accommodation, these Pod hotels will have a lounge area, changing areas, washrooms and a Cafeteria. Located in Andheri East near Seepz Bus Depot, this POD hotel will occupy the first floor of Opus Park, a commercial center. Andheri railway station is just 4 km away from here and the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is located at some 4.4 km south of the hotel. Passengers can opt for these POD hotels instead of railway retiring rooms and expensive hotels to rest their tired bones. It will prove to be a cost-effective and economical option for travelers.

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