06 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a series of photos that are going viral on social media, shows a body of hostesses and stewards all ready to welcome passengers in India’s first private train- the Tejas Express.
The semi-bullet train began its maiden journey yesterday runs from Lucknow to New Delhi. It reportedly cuts the time travelled between Agra-Varanasi to six hours 15 minutes from the six hours 40 minutes taken by the Swarna Shatabdi, currently the fastest train on the route.
Apart from grabbing the headlines due to its speed, what really attracted attention was the bunch of train hostesses and stewards awaiting passengers to welcome them on their journey.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) deployed stewards and train hostesses to look after Indian Railways passengers’ convenience. The passengers will be getting flight-like hospitality and the new additions to the train will ensure the comfort and safety of the train’s passengers.
The hostesses and stewards are seen to be dressed smartly and would reportedly wheel in the food trolleys, laden with food and drinks for the passengers. Besides providing world-class service to passengers, the Railways also hopes that the move will help minimize complaints regarding shoddy behaviour of pantry staff.
It is important to note here that the IRCTC has already deployed stewards and train hostesses in the Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express train.
The IRCTC has been working on to provide premium services to its passengers, according to an IRCTC spokesperson. Usually, a person, who serves food to passengers, earns Rs 8,000- Rs 10,000 from a licensed caterer. However, train hostesses and stewards will be paid about Rs 25,000 per month for providing better services, the IRCTC spokesperson was quoted.