Popular shows, serials to greet passengers of Lalbagh Express

From October 1, passengers of Lalbagh Express and four other trains can view popular shows and serials hosted by Star Vijay, Sony TV, Star Plus and Kumudam webTV.

The Bangalore-Chennai Central Shatabdi Express is already having the facility being provided by Chennai-based Trans Vision Digital Media through Go TV at free-of-cost on trial basis since July.

The infotainment will get activated as soon as the train departs from the originating station. The travellers will be greeted in English, Hindi, Tamil and Kannada about the travel time. Altogether, twenty LCD colour televisions are installed in 10 compartments of the Shatabdi Express that beam the latest movies, health tips, tourist destinations and information about passing stations.

Trans Vision Director V. Girish Kumar told The Hindu that “at present, we are fine-tuning the system. Travellers will get to see high TRP programmes such as ‘Ungalil yaar Prabhu Deva’ and ‘Super Singer Junior 3.’”

Beginning October 1, the facility would be made available in five trains and its pairs. Out of five sectors – three would cater for Chennai-Bangalore and rest would cover Mysore-Shimoga and Bangalore-Hubli.

“We are discussing with top officials of Southern Railway on the possibility of introducing it in Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express, Brindavan Express, Chennai-Bangalore A/C double decker and other trains. Our aim is to provide entertainment services in 30 to 35 trains by March. Passengers can even watch live cricket matches or major events while travelling from one sector to another,” he said.