The Indian Railways is targeting an increase in income generated by selling tickets and has passed on directions to all its regional offices.
Ferozepur division railway manager (DRM) Anuj Parkash told HT plans were afoot; the division, he added, was mulling to set up commercial farms along railway tracks and also invite private firms to build food courts atop railway buildings.
The division is also planning to earn more by allotting spaces to advertisers.
“We are currently planning how we shall move forward… we hope to implement the project in coming months,” Parkash said.
Anuj said the division will first kick-start the project from Jalandhar city railway station.
Parkash said non-fare revenue contributed at least 40% to railway profits in other countries, but in India it was less than 10%.
On April 29, Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu told the Rajya Sabha that the ministry had also set up a directorate to look into ways to boost non-fare revenue.