The premium lounge at Asansol rail station.
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Asansol: Even as the ones planned at Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are hanging fire, Asansol railway station today got a premium lounge for the passengers to relax while waiting for a train.

Union minister and Asansol BJP MP, Babul Supriyo, today inaugurated the premium lounge spread over an area of 200 square metres. The fully air-conditioned lounge has been set up at a cost of Rs 24 lakhs, Eastern Railway said.

The lounge is equipped with push sofa and cosy recliners placed in a serene interior, with artworks and modern electrical fittings on the walls. It has attached separate washrooms for men and women and public address system to relay the announcement about arrival and departure of trains.

Unlike the passengers waiting rooms in railway stations that a person with reserved tickets can use without paying an extra charge, to use the premium lounge one will be required to pay Rs 30 an hour.

Important railway stations in Metro cities like Delhi and Bangalore have such lunges for several years now and upscale passengers prefer them over the waiting room, which is usually crowded.