NEW DELHI: In less than a year, the Indian Railways are set to modify coaches of 140 rakes running on 132 (66 pairs) routes across India. These will be at par with the country’s best Rajdhani Express, officials said.
The Railway Board first gave the approval on April 3, following which meetings happened. Railway officials in Mumbai said that they started initial work earlier this month as planning needs to be done.
Of the total, there will be 11 rakes on 12 routes of Mumbai Central Railway and 20 rakes on 14 routes of Mumbai Western Railway which shall undergo modification in the days to come.
“We want to provide amenities to passengers which they would enjoy only in trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi. We have included these 140 rakes under ‘Project Utkrisht’,” said R Gupta, Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board. He is the top boss who decides on rakes and locomotives which operate on Indian Railways.
“By June, we will start uploading Google sheet that shall be directly monitored by the Railway Board. All the 140 rakes will be refurbished at a cost of Rs 60 lakh each by March 2019,” said a senior railway official.
Sources said that as per the plans drawn by Railway Board; there would be modifications that will include vinyl wrapping of the coaches, equipping coaches with fire extinguishers, information posters, braille signage, changing of the torn seats, compressed cushioned seats, dustbins inside coaches and adequate maintenance along with inspection in every two hours for on-board cleanliness inside the train.
The railways are already replacing the coaches of long distance trains with LHB ones from those manufactured at Integral Coach Factory. These LHB coaches are the ones which are attached in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains.
“The modification of both the trains will begin soon. Deccan Queen will be ready by August 15,” said a senior CR official. Modification work on the LTT-Madgaon double decker express will be completed by December 2018.
On Board cleanliness:
- GPS tagged attendance of staff
- Cleaning of toilets every two hours
- Garbage bag in dustbins and its regular cleaning
- Single colour rexine for seats and torn ones to be replaced
- Toilet indication to be provided in AC coaches
- Good curtains and fire extinguishers inside coaches
- Proper ventilation and auto janitor inside to avoid foul odour
- Improved flushing valves
- LED lights inside
Matheran toy train coach to get glass ceiling – The Vistadome coach will have a glass ceiling and enable tourists to get a better view.
Those visiting Matheran will soon be able enjoy a picturesque view of the ghats as the Central Railway (CR) is planning to attach a Vistadome coach to the iconic Neral-Matheran toy train.
The Vistadome coach will have a glass ceiling and enable tourists to get a better view.
The decision was taken after Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board interacted with tourists on the toy train, who suggested to provide a better view of the ghat section.
“The modification of an existing coach will be done in our workshop. This will also lead to rise in fares, which will be decided after consulting the Railway Board,” said a CR official.
Further, CR has also collaborated with Google Art and Culture, which will capture panoramic images of the Matheran railways document and digitalise them.
In order to promote tourism in the section, CR will also convert one of the coaches into a restaurant that will serve local cuisine.
After being shut for a year owing to derailments, the Neral-Matheran stretch was re-opened last year. The services were rolled out fully on January 26 this year.
CR will also convert one of the coaches into a restaurant that will serve local cuisine.