CDs on rent for train travellers

To overcome this problem, the Mysore Division of the South Western Railway is planning to distribute on rent small CD players and VCDs in first and second class air-conditioned coaches.

If this proposal is implemented, Mysore will become the first division in the country to introduce such a facility on long-distance trains.

To begin with, the facility will be introduced on Mysore-Jodhpur and Mysore-Delhi Swarnajayanthi Express trains that take 48 hours to reach their respective destinations. Some companies have already evinced interest in providing the facility, sources said.  
At the time of departure of the train, the company will give small VCD players, ear phones and CDs of commuters’ choice. A representative in the AC coach will issue new CDs as demanded by passengers. CDs in all languages will be made available. The railways is planning to extend this facility to passengers in sleeper classes too.

Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu, divisional railway commercial manager, Mysore Division told Deccan Herald that the idea was to provide entertainment for long-distance passengers.
The advantage of small VCD players is that they are easy to handle and will not cause any disturbance to co-passengers as ear phones are being given with each set.
Sadhu said the VCD players work on battery and need to be re-charged once in six hours. AC coaches already have the facility to recharge batteries.

Passengers have to return the VCDs at the time of alighting at their respective destination. The railways will not incur any additional financial burden because of this, he said.

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