Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Dec.17 : Going ahead with its plans to provide airport lounge-like facilities to rail passengers, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has set up an Executive Lounge at Visakhapatnam station, a first of its kind in the Eastern Zone.
Built over an area of 2710 square feet, the swanky lounge is situated on first floor of platform number one near the booking counter and it provides a string of facilities, both chargeable and complimentary.
The fully air conditioned executive lounge is equipped with all the modern facilities such as recliner chair, Business Centre with Internet access, free Wi-Fi, Train Information Display, TV, bathroom with modern faucets and fittings and wash and change facility.
IRCTC has empanelled Travel Food Services Pvt. Ltd, a leading service provider, for providing these facilities in the lounge. The rate for initial entry (for 2 hours) into the lounge is Rs.150. Subsequently for every hour an additional Rs. 50 will be charged. The facilities include two hours stay, free Wi-Fi, soft beverages (tea/coffee/refreshers), newspaper and magazine reading, train Information display, TV, toilet and urinals.
The facility for recliner chair is chargeable. Thus a customer has to pay Rs 400 for entry in the lounge and use of recliner chair. Further, Rs 250 will be charged for every additional hour. The buffet breakfast is charged at Rs.150 with a variety to choose from. The lunch and dinner buffet is priced at Rs.250. There is also a convenience store in the lounge which offers foods, drinks, confectionery, travel accessories, local favorites, snacks and souvenirs.
The lounge can be booked on IRCTC's websites - www.irctctourism.com, www.irctc.co.in and www.irctc.com.
Lounge booking is also available for the walk-in passengers..