Railway retiring rooms renovated under PPP mode

The South Western Railways’ Mysore Railway station has become the first in the country with its retiring rooms being renovated under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. SWR sources told UNI that the scheme has been taken up under Renovation Operation and Transfer (ROT) basis and Mysore’s success story was now a role model for 25 other railway divisions in the country to follow the PPP concept.

Retiring rooms at Shimoga and Davangere in the Mysore division would also be taken up for renovation under the PPP model. The retiring rooms, renovated by Sandesh Group of Hotels, was inaugurated by the Divisional Railway Manager, Vinod Kumar, on the eve of the dasara festivities.

Bona fide railway passengers would be treated to three-star comforts at reasonable tariff, he added. The Indian Railways had in 2006 decided to offload some of its non-core activities like managing retiring rooms and rope in specialists in their respective domain under the PPP model. But it had no takers and the Mysore division infused a new life into it by successfully roping in a private entrepreneur. Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Anup Dayanand Sadhu pointed out that the Mysore division incurred a loss of Rs.10 lakh in maintaining the retiring rooms which entailed diversion of its scarce staff to non-core duties. But under the current agreement, the Sandesh Group would pay it Rs.5 lakh by way of licence fee, and an additional Rs.5 lakh as annual user charger will add to the railway’s revenue. MORE UNI BSP GV ADB1105 NNNN

— (UNI)