Music has always been a great companion in our train journeys and the upcoming Rail Radio service will soon be here as a reminiscence of this.
No doubt Indian Railways has been taking train travel to an all new level with their initiatives this year. And all of them are dedicated towards making train journeys the preferred choice of transport for travellers.
But this new development is about to bring smiles on many faces. Very soon, passengers will be able to tune in to popular FM radio stations while travelling on trains. With an aim to provide onboard infotainment to travellers, the Rail Radio will not only keep the passengers entertained with good music, it will also come in handy in emergency situations and disasters.
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. “Once Rail Radio service is operationalised, all these premier trains will be linked with the system,” he said.
As per the plan, studios will be set up at Railway Board and all zonal headquarters to operationalise Rail Radio service. Rail Radio service will be helpful during emergency situations like accidents or a natural calamity, the official said. “It will be easier to reach out to passengers during emergency through PA system from the headquarters,” said the official, adding “there will be a slot for educating and creating awareness among passengers on disaster management.”
Besides jokes, astrology and other trivia, the history of Indian Railway and its major activities will also be a part of the Rail Radio service.
Now that’s some improvisation….