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Battery-operated car service at railway stations

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New Delhi, August 12, 2016

Battery Operated Vehicle (BOV) service is available at 48 major railway stations including 36 A-1 category stations, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said today.
Instructions have been issued to zonal railways to provide the said facility at 39 remaining A-1 category stations, the Minister informed the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.
Zonal Railways have been authorized to introduce BOVs at major railway stations for disabled, elderly and ailing passengers on ‘first come first served’ basis through sponsorship from individuals, NGOs, Trusts, Charitable institutions, Corporates and PSUs/Corporate Houses under their Corporate Social Responsibility free of charge to passengers or to the Railways.
While 70 BOVs have already been provided at 48 major railway stations, instructions have also been issued to Zonal Railways to invite expression of interest for providing the facility on payment basis initially at 75 major stations which falls in A-1 category of stations, he added.
At present, this facility to disabled, old age and sick passengers is available at 48 stations on free of cost basis. However, this service has been proposed to be provided on payment basis at all A1 category stations keeping in view the financial sustainability of the service.
This facility can be availed by passengers on ‘first come first served’ basis, however, preference shall be given to senior citizens, physically challenged, pregnant women and medically sick passengers.
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