Pod-hotel launched in India

Added On June 8, 2017

The Pod-hotel, first appearing in Japan in 1979, is becoming increasingly popular in developing markets. 
Now India has launched its first pod-hotel. Its owner say it boasts even higher standards than the original models. 
Our report in New Delhi takes you there.
STANDUP1(English): ASHWANI UPADHYAY, CNC Correspondent
"This is a classic pod. I am entering one of the pods which is actually a classic pod. I need to put this key into it. It has a fire extinguisher, smoke-detector, air-filter and to listen to the TV, there are headphones. So If you want to watch TV, then you have to use the headphones like this. And there is a button which you can press and then, nobody will disturb you, if you press it. "
STANDUP2 (English): ASHWANI UPADHYAY, CNC Correspondent
"After classic pod, now there is a private pod, too. Let's see how it is?
So this is a private pod. Here you can not find other pods in one room. It is just one pod and every other amenity is the same here."
STANDUP3 (English): ASHWANI UPADHYAY, CNC Correspondent
"Now this is time to enter one of the most exquisite what they call the suite pod....This is yet another category which they call suite pod. Here you will find cramped space but they are providing luxury bed over here like any other two or three-star hotel. Here another facility is like any other pod is having a private TV, a private space...this much of private space and even a mirror on the back-side of the door. "
STANDUP4 (English): ASHWANI UPADHYAY, CNC Correspondent
"Like any other any other global-pod, this is also not having bathrooms, washrooms or toilets attached with the rooms or pods and it is because as they say they promote sharing. So that's how it goes. It is having wash-basin and every other thing it has what you can find in any other hotel, any other luxury hotel, If I say."
STANDUP6 (English): ASHWANI UPADHYAY, CNC Correspondent
"So this is yet another area which they say promotes sharing. Here, easily five people can shave or wash their hands, and they call it a washbasin area. So let's see now what more this pod hotel has to offer." 
Ajay Pandit, Urbanpod Manager, explained the advantages of offering a small-space pod-hotel in a cramped metropolitan like Mumbai. He is also optimistic the trend will continue.
SOUNDBITE (English): AJAY PANDIT, GM-Operations, Urbanpod
"Because in Mumbai, the population is growing too much fast because people from other states are coming here for jobs or many different reasons. So here footfalls are much more compared to others ." 
India's first pod-hotel offers complimentary mini-meals and breakfasts too at its lounge cafe where visitors can also meet new friends. 
Urbanpod was first started by two young entrepreneurs, Shalabh Mittal and Hiren Gandhi, and designed by Singapore-based architect firm Formwerkz. 
The founder duo say the Urbanpod was conceived to provide backpackers with everything they could need, but in a minimalist, futuristic and in a very chic way.