IRCTC launches urban pods at Mumbai central railway station for affordable stays

Travelers arriving at Mumbai Central Railway Station can now book urban pods starting from 999 plus taxes.

The Ministry of Railways and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has introduced ‘Urbanpod’ – a new way to have a comfortable and an affordable stay at the Mumbai Central railway station in budget. Indian Railways have started this service which allows travelers coming in Mumbai for short span of time to use this modern resting facility. The Japanese-style pod hotel will consist of multiple tiny capsules or pods that will provide travelers with overnight accommodations. Urban pod is somewhat similar to a hotel as it tries to provide the comfort and facilities of a hotel at a very affordable price. IRCTC took inspiration from Japan and developed these urban pods with various facilities. There are 48 pods which will be divided into different categories. The pod concept-based rooms are segregated as classic pods, exclusive pods for ladies, private pods, and pods for specially-abled. Each pod user will have access to free Wi-Fi, luggage room, toiletries, shower rooms, washrooms in common areas, whereas inside the pod the guest can avail facilities like TV, a small locker, mirror, adjustable air conditioner and air filter vents, reading lights apart from interior light, mobile charging, smoke detectors and DND Indicators. This whole space is a new concept in the hospitality business. A student or a job aspirant who does not want to go to a hotel for a few hours can stay here at affordable rates. Time is between 12-24 hours with all facilities. This unique facility will be a gamechanger in the way for passengers travelling in India by rail, especially those on business trips. The concept will best suit frequent travelers, backpackers, single travelers, corporate executives and study groups. This will definitely be the best move by Indian Railways. Let us take a look at how the gamechanger of Indian railways will look like.