Indian Railway Plans 'Rail Radio' Service for 'Onboard Infotainment'

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Passengers can soon tune in to popular FM radio stations while travelling on trains, with the Indian Railway firming up plans to roll out a Rail Radio service for 'onboard infotainment' which would also come in handy in emergency situations and disasters.

The state-run public transporter plans to introduce the facility on about 1000 Mail and Express trains, including premier services.

Passengers will not only be treated to popular songs and music over the public adress (PA) system in coaches, but also be updated on train-related information on hourly basis. The system will be used to issue alerts in case of an emergency, according to the plan.

Besides jokes, astrology and other trivia, the history of Indian Railway and its major activities will also be part of the Rail Radio service.

We are in the process of finalising arrangements with a few leading FM radio stations to provide entertainment as well as information to passengers onboard about 1000 Mail and Express trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had in his 2016-17 budget speech proposed to invite FM radio stations for providing train-borne entertainment through public address systems on trains. Currently only Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains are equipped with PA system.

SOURCE ; Business Today

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