India’s trains will look a lot brighter, run faster. The new coaches will be painted in grey and navy blue with yellow border: CRB
Bhopal: Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal on Sunday inspected the newly-built model coaches at Habibganj Railway Station here and gave suggestions for further improvement in it.
Mr Mittal also suggested making some changes to better suit passengers’ requirements in the model coaches, built at the Coach Rehabilitation Workshop, Nishatpura, Bhopal.
He also inspected facilities at the Habibganj railway station in Bhopal and later told reporters that it is a better station in terms of facilities as compared with other stations.
The Railway Board Chairman also informed people that a development plan of Habibganj station has been prepared and soon steps will be taken for its implementation.
On the occasion, Bhopal M.P. Alok Sanjar demanded from the Railway Board that a new train be started between the State Capital and Pune and also for adding an extra coach from Bhopal in Jhelum Express, which runs between Jammu and Pune.
The model coaches have been developed under the Rs 32-crore pilot project to revamp interior of 111 coaches of all reserved classes to give it a homely touch. This project was launched by the Railways in 2011.
Year 2017 may see brightly coloured trains in shades of grey, navy blue and yellow clocking speeds of 160-200 kmph on select routes.
Indian Railway has selected ‘Vitality’, the colour scheme inspired by ‘cheetah’, the fastest moving animal, created by the National Institute of Design for the coaches of the semi-high speed trains the state-run transporter has proposed to launch.
The coaches will be painted in grey and navy blue with yellow border.
“We selected ‘Vitality’ out of total six colour schemes submitted to us by NID.
“The colour combination of grey, navy blue with yellow border was chosen keeping the speed factor in mind,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Railways have planned to reduce the travel time between major cities by running semi-high speed trains.
The new coaches will be manufactured at Kapurthala Coach Factory.
“A prototype coach with the new colour scheme will be ready by March this year and later on about 20 modern coaches will be manufactured in the next fiscal,” the official said.
The coaches have LED reading lights, snacks table in-side berths, spacious seats, multi-mobile charging points, fire extinguishers on both sides, green toilet system with soap and dustbin, fire proof seats and floors painted like a carpet.
According to the plan, railways will introduce trains that can clock speeds upto 200 kmph after strengthening the tracks and fencing off certain select routes including
Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Kanpur, Chennai-Hyderabad, Nagpur-Secunderabad and Mumbai-Goa.
Initially, the trains will run at 160 kmph which will be enhanced to 200 kmph.
The long-awaited 160 kmph Gatimaan Express between Delhi and Agra is expected to start in February after the railways got conditional clearance from Commissioner Railway Safety.
Trial runs of this train are being conducted.
“The train will be flagged off in February after the foggy season ends,” the official said.
Semi-high speed trains can gather a maximum speed of 200 kmph, while faster ones in the category of high-speed or bullet trains can run between 250-350 km per hour.
Indian Railway is planning a ‘Diamond Quadrilateral’ to connect top four metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai with a high-speed train network.
West Central Railway General Manager Ramesh Chandra, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Bhopal Alok Kumar and Chief Works Manager Lakshmi Raman were among others present on the occasion.