Soon,passengers at CST station wont be at the mercy of coolies if they are not travelling light. If things go as per Central Railways plans,for a small fee of Rs 30 passengers will be able to avail the service of a uniformed attendant who will load the luggage to a trolley and lug it right up to the coach.
The project is part of the Railway Yatri Sevak Yojna introduced in last years railway budget. The plan was first introduced at Howrah station in Kolkata,where 30 trolleys were introduced as a pilot project in December 2010. Central Railway has been inspired by the success of the project and wants to invite tenders for a similar project at CST.
Three months back,Central Railway authorities had a meeting with some advertisers,but they were not keen on the project. They said they will have to hire at least 20 attendants at Rs 6,000 per month,adding up to a monthly cost of Rs 1.20 lakh. They said a charge of Rs 30 will not cover their costs. Plus,they will have to face the wrath of the porters, said a senior official. Anyway,CR is now going to invite applications and will publish an advertisement in newspapers soon. We hope,we will be able to outsource the project shortly, he added.
Porters are supposed to charge just Rs 25 for one person with 40 kg of luggage. But they charge exorbitant rates from passengers. This service will be a great relief for passengers, said Rohit Nandan,who often travels by Punjab Mail from CST.
After Howrah and Sealdah,CST will become the third station to have trolleys. A senior official said the project will be implemented in phases and only on platforms 6 to 13.
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