Mumbai: Indian Railways is set to offer authorised traders a unique opportunity to engage in commerce on long-distance trains. The initiative will be implemented in the Mumbai division of Central Railway, where vendors will present an array of products including food items, cosmetics, newspapers, magazines, books, mobile/laptop accessories, and daily necessities.
Authorised traders will occupy designated spaces on mail and express trains covering various routes. Reports suggest that approximately 500 traders will be granted space on these trains, aiming to provide passengers with a diverse range of goods. Selected vendors will be issued licenses for three years, with expectations that this measure will contribute significantly to the regulation of authorized dealers.
This move aligns with the objective of promoting local trade, reflecting the ‘one station, one product’ concept. Already, 79 stalls embodying this idea have been established at 74 railway stations across Maharashtra. These stalls offer an assortment of products, including bags, leather items, handloom clothing, bamboo products, Kolhapuri sandals, fruits, pappad, pickles, agarbatti, soap, fennel, and more.