Bhopal: With plush interiors, ‘bio-toilets’, illuminated signs and even stairs to climb to upper berths, 20 state-of-the-art rail coaches unlike any other will soon be part of the Indian Railways network.
Designed by the Indian Railways Coach Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal, the modern coaches are made to make train journeys comfortable and safe for passengers.
Gone are the blue and brown seats, these revamped coaches feature berths in a striking purple shade. More spacious than older ones, these ‘jerk-proof’ seats promise a far more comfortable journey. Ample use of chrome and matte surfaces lend the coaches a space-age look.
“We have spent around Rs. 14 lakhs on each coach. The interiors are not unlike that of an aircraft with modern seats and other facilities. We will be revamping three more trains. As far as inducting them is concerned, that will happen only after railway ministry clears them,” Ramesh Chandra, General Manager of West Central Railways, told.
The coaches have a number of other facilities including fire-proof seats, carpet-like floors, LED reading lights, mobile charging points and an eco-friendly ‘bio-toilet’ system.
Brajesh Pandey, a chartered accountant and a frequent traveller, said, “Over the years railways has been hiking fares but in terms of facilities it has not been able to deliver. It’s good to learn about the modern coaches. I am proud that they are not only made in India but made in Madhya Pradesh.”
As per plans, 111 coaches are to be manufactured by the workshop in Bhopal. The test run of the ready 20 coaches has been successful and after minor tweaks these coaches will sent to Delhi for approval by the Railway Ministry.