Passengers can now get comfortable accommodation at CSMT, where Central Railway has opened its first pod hotel, which has small rooms known as capsules. CR’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said, “There are 40 pods, including 30 single ones, 6 double and 4 family pods. This classy air-conditioned accommodation, Pod Hotel will provide full privacy, mobile charging, locker room, a fire alarm, intercom, and deluxe toilet and bathroom. ”
Booking of these pods can be done at the reception or online via a mobile app. Sutar said, “It is located near the waiting room of CSMT’s long distance concourse. ” CR had given the contract for development and operation of the sleeping pods to Namah Enterprises for a licence fee of around Rs 10 lakh per annum for five years, and Railways will earn Rs. 55.6 lakh. He said, “Railways has provided 131.61 sq metres to have all modern facilities. ” The first pod hotel was opened on railway premises at Mumbai Central on Western Railway. The pods are compact with a size of 6ftx8ft each and hence require less space, with a rich, sophisticated feeling inside. It is also very economical from a capital investment point of view as each pod costs around Rs 7 lakh and can be placed over the other, thus occupying less space and allowing more guests.