Shatabdi Express to entertain individuals with TV shows

Ravi budhwar

21 Apr 2011
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After investing crores in the makeover of railway stations in the Capital, the railways is now busy arranging world class entertainment for its customers. By January next year, individual seats in the Shatabdi Express will be equipped with DTH TV service complete with TV console, and all that absolutely free of cost.

The plan has been conceived and is being implemented by the Delhi division of the northern railways. Officials of the Delhi division say they plan to implement the on-board entertainment scheme in nine out of the total of 20 Shatabdi trains that have Delhi as their 'primary maintenance centres'.

Senior railway officials said the plan, to install television sets individually, was actualised after several successful trial runs were conducted in the Kalka bound Shatabdi train. "We'll be providing DTH TV service in nine Shatabdi trains and hope to start the service in January next year. All general entertainment, news, sports, English and Hindi movie channels will be available," divisional railway manager (Delhi) Ashwani Lohani said.

Installation of the TV sets will generate revenue for the railways. "Without spending a penny, we'll be earning Rs.1.5 crore annually from the ad revenue and passengers will get free televisions on the go," a senior railway officer said.
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