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Indian Railways’ draft policy aims at boosting tourism

The Indian Railways (IR) plans to introduce dedicated train services for domestic and international tourists, catering to customers at all income levels. The proposal is part of the draft tourism policy which IR is bringing out for the first time in a bid to increase private partnership in running tourist trains.

“A concept of tourist train with differential tariff will be worked out. The train will comprise different classes of accommodation like Sleeper 3A, 2A and 1A coaches, as per demand,” said IR.

“The IR will operate the train on different circuits with normal tariff or with a mark up.” it said. Additionally, the Railways plans to rope in several service providers, including Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), to manage other services such as hotel accommodation and sightseeing for domestic and international tourists.

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