In order to earn revenue from unconventional quarters, the Indian Railways is planning to lease platforms for public weddings. The Western Railways (WR) is planning to implement the scheme on Surat Railway Station and a proposal is likely to be sent to the Railway Ministry.
Some of the platforms which have been picked by the WR include Surat and Navapur. The idea behind this latest plan was conceived when the Union Railway Minister asked all the 16 Rail Zones to come up with plans that could increase the profit quotient for the Railways. A senior railway official said, “Surat station is massive, and there are people there who would actually pay to have their wedding receptions or parties on platforms as well. We will propose platform no. 4 for the project as it has two-three booking offices, which is ideal for these kind of functions.”
The official added “ We cannot carry out the plan in suburban stations in Mumbai city, as they are always overcrowded. But few trains pass through stations like Navapur, and hence there will be more than enough space for such events”.
The Indian Railways is hoping that the latest plan will yield profitable results, mainly in the wedding months like November, December, May, June, September and October.