Nov 14: Indian Railways is gearing up to renovate around 2,000 old coaches this year.
As per news reports, Indian Railways would look to provide a great travel experience to the passengers. And to make this happen, the Railways would upgrade old coaches of the trains by introducing tray-tables and charging points per seat, new fans, better seat covers, new toilet taps and photographs in the passages.
The fund provided for the upgrade stands at Rs 600 crore. In the coming year, Indian Railways will do the same with the 40,000 coaches out of the 59,000 coaches on its trains.
As per a report quoting Rajesh Agarwal, member (rolling stock), Railway Board, a slew of measures have been taken by the Indian Railways to upgrade the interiors and exteriors of the trains.
Steps were also taken to enhance the standards of the railway coaches. He went on to say that there are some initiatives taken for chosen trains. An umbrella project was set up to refurbish the coaches of the Express trains such as Janshatabdi and Rajdhani.
These updates will be based on the requirements in the train. He added that around 40,000 coaches will be renovated when they are sent for the annual maintenance. Renovation during annual maintenance is in order to avoid disruptions in operations, he added.
In the upcoming two years, Indian Railway intends to improve over 640 Utkrisht rakes as part of the renovation of mail/express trains. Rs 400 crore will be spent on this.
As many as 140 rakes of mail/express trains are expected to be upgraded in the first phase of the Project Utkrisht of Indian Railways. A facelift of both interior and exterior of the trains rake will be part of this project.
Meanwhile, Project Swarn, which was launched to improve the condition of Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains, will upgrade around 14 Rajdhanis and 15 Shatabdi trains.