Long distance train journeys will now be a lot more comfortable as Indian Railways has decided to introduce the e-bedroll facility, under which passengers will be able to book their bedrolls online.
The facility will be introduced on a trial basis at four stations this month.
The stations include New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Mumbai Central. Passengers will also have the option to order bedrolls at the IRCTC-run food counters at stations.
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The charges to avail this facility will be Rs. 140 for two bed sheets and a pillow, and Rs. 110 for a blanket. Together, these can be purchased for Rs. 250. This is a takeaway facility and passengers can take the bedrolls home.
Presently, only AC coaches have free bedroll facility. But now, passengers in sleeper coaches will also have the option to purchase takeaway bedroll kits at a concessional price. AC coach passengers can also choose to purchase a fresh bedroll kit if they want.
The service will be extended to more stations based on passenger response during the trial period. According to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), this facility has been introduced after a survey conducted among passengers.
“IRCTC has introduced e-catering facility that has significantly expanded the catering choices of travelling passengers. The e-bedroll facility will further upscale and supplement facilities for them in a novel way,” said AK Manocha, CMD – IRCTC.
Once the facility is introduced, passengers will be able to book bedrolls from the IRCTC website.