Star-standard room opens at city railway station

Facility is available only for bonafide passengers

posh: A view of the retiring room, Maharaja that was opened at Railway station in Mysore on Saturday. DH Photo

Speaking on the occasion Kumar said that the PPP model which was the trend now-a-days between the government and the private players was the way forward. He lauded the efforts of Sandesh The Prince for doing up the room in just 40 days to a three star hotel level.

Sandesh The Prince’s Sandesh Nagaraj said that the tariff of just Rs 1,100 for a room of this standard which is air conditioned would not really work out for them.
It was only to make its presence felt and to give a filip to the Mysore division and the Indian Railways to adopt this model elsewhere in the country also that his hotel had tied up with the Railways, he added.

Senior divisional commercial manager Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu said that the Indian Railways had signed a fifteen year lease agreement with the hotel and it would be paying Rs 10 lakh per month as licence fee.

This would benefit the Railways to the tune of Rs 25 lakh per year as it would saving Rs 15 lakh per year on recurring expenditure on staff costs and other overheads in this non-core operation.

This was the first time in the history of Indian Railways that such a partnership had been entered into. Five more rooms were going to be renovated under the ROT scheme. If this scheme became a success, then the rooms in Davangare, Harihar and Shimoga would also be upgraded, he said.

These rooms are available to only bonafide Railway passengers and bookings are  normally done not more than seven days in advance. The tariff for the remaining five rooms once it is completed in another two to three months would be Rs 850, said Sadhu.

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