A pod hotel is being developed at the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in South Mumbai, which is expected to open to the public later this month, Central Railway (CR) officials have said. This pod hotel, also known as a capsule hotel, will be Indian Railways’ second such facility in the metropolis.
Earlier on November 17, 2021, a pod hotel was opened for passengers at the Western Railway (WR) Mumbai Central Station. The pod hotel is being developed near the waiting room on the main track (terminal station) of the CSMT and will have a capacity of 50 people, officials announced on Wednesday.
This hotel will have four family pods with a capacity of two people and will also have 30 single pods. Along with separate toilets and shower rooms for men and women, the facility will have luggage storage for passengers, they added.
Shivaji Sutar, Public Relations Manager of CR, said the contract for the development and operation of the sleeping cabins has been awarded to Namah Enterprises, which will grant license fees of Rs 10,07,786 per annum to the railways. . “The railways will earn an income of Rs 55.68 lakh,” Sutar said, adding that through this contract, the incumbent will develop inbound and outbound passenger modules at CSMT on 131.61 square meters with all facilities. modern for a comfortable stay. The pod hotel is in an advanced stage of development and is likely to open to passengers later this month, he said.
Indian Railways’ first pod hotel was introduced at Mumbai Central Station by Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve in November last year. It has 48 capsule-style rooms, including classic pods, private pods, and separate pods for women and for disabled passengers. CSMT is one of the busiest railway stations in the country, which is used daily by thousands of passengers using commuter rail and station services.