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IRCTC to give more thrust to rail based tourism

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Kochi, Sept 11 (UNI) To give a major boost to the tourism sector, Indian Railway Catering&Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), the extended marketing arm of Indian Railways, is developing more tourism packages to promote rail based tourism in the country.

Talking to mediapersons here today, Regional Manager of IRCTC J Vinayan said presently there are seven routes in operational in the country and the repsonse from the public has been very encouraging.

He said more packages would be developed to connect the major tourist centres of the country through trains which could be affordable for the common public.

Apart from this, village on wheels --Bharath Darshan and pilgrim tourism -- Buddhist Circuit are operational through which budget travellers can visit religious and cultural centres in the country, he added.

Mr Vinayan said IRCTC was also planning to set up a new chain of modern eateries and utility stalls and was on the process to professionalise and upgrade the catering services on trains and at railway stations across the country.

He said the corporation intends to establish modern accessory, sweet and ice cream stalls, food plazas and vending machines with the involvement of local entrepreneurial talent by entering into private public participation (PPP) with established players in the industry.

He said around 110 modern eateries would be set up at various railway stations in Kerala.

Another major venture taken up by IRCTC is the setting up of Budget Hotel chain through PPP, he added.

In Kerala, budget hotels would be coming up in Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kottayam and Kollam.

UNI MA SK1757

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