‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students.
The scheme allows booking for 45 to 150 people costing anything between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 50,000.
The facility brought in under the ‘Corporation’s Policy on Reservation of Car(s)/Train’ will allows tour operators, any government or private agency, or an individual on behalf of a group or school to book cars or trains from any station of the metro network including the Airport Express line.
Giving details about the facility, a DMRC spokesperson added that “no relaxation in security standards will be allowed.’’
“However security personnel will be deputed in the reserved coach to disallow other passengers from entering it,’’ she said.
DMRC will not charge facilitation charges from government schools and non-government organisation running special schools. The other facilities that can be clubbed with the group booking includes memento of the Corporation (which the tour operator should demand and pay for), a public relation cell representative who may attend the group as a guide during the course of journey and guided interchange facility if interchange is involved and visit to Metro’s Museum at nominal/prevalent charges.
Speaking about how the bookings will be handled, DMRC spokesperson said that the reservation will be done on first cum first serve basis.
Photography may be allowed
“A priority register will be maintained with revenue cell to record the time and date of receipt of application. Also tourists/group/school children have to arrive at the boarding station at least 15 minutes before the scheduled arrival of the train. Though photography is generally not permitted in exceptional circumstances permission may be granted by public relations cell on case to case basis,’’ noted the official.
The only bad news in the package is that the group booking fare offered by the Metro will see an escalation at the rate of 10 per cent from April 1 of each financial year.