Your train ride is going to get better: Indian Railways to launch coaches with glass ceiling

"The basic objective behind such a project is to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad," Dr A K Manocha, IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 11, 2016 10:48 am
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Indian Railways is coming up with a new, state-of-the-art train which will have a glass ceiling and an infotainment centre to make the journey more enjoyable.

“The basic objective behind such a project is to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad,” Dr A K Manocha, IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director said. The construction of the coaches started in 2015, which are designed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Perumbur.

“The first such coach is all set to roll out this month (October) itself,” said Dham Ghaj Prasad, Group General Manager (Infrastructure), IRCTC. Another three coaches will be rolled out in December this year.

“The first coach will be tagged in a regular train in the Kashmir Valley while the other two will be part of some train careening through the picturesque Araku Valley (K K Line, Waltair station) on the South-Eastern Railway,” Manocha said. “There are some trains with glass ceiling in foreign countries, like Switzerland, which enjoy the patronage of tourists. We believe such coaches would also give a fillip to rail tourism in India,” he added. He also said that other trains having coaches with aerial view will be decided later.

The manufacturing cost of a single coach is Rs 4 crore, “The coaches will be ultra luxurious with rotatable chairs to provide the passengers an aerial view through partly glass ceiling,” describing the interiors of the train. He further said that the coaches will have large leg room for a comfortable journey.

 

With inputs from IANS

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    Haren
    Oct 11, 2016 at 11:27 am
    People write comments without reading articles.lt;br/gt;This coaches are used in Kashmir vally, not in south India.
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      Chander Pal
      Oct 11, 2016 at 6:59 am
      Let's not discourage positive developments. Of course clean toilets are needed. Meanwhile can the citizens start depositing trash in designated bins and co-operating with the helpers in chanalizing general hygiene.
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      Varun Chaitwal
      Oct 11, 2016 at 9:44 pm
      imagine seeing a row of potty takers in the early mornings alongside rail tracks in UP and BIHAR through these wonderful gly rakes...
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        Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Oct 11, 2016 at 5:59 am
        My first impression was that this coach will be put in regular trains and thought of journey in summer. How a Delhi to Chennai trip in May -June will be in such a coach?
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          NArayan
          Oct 11, 2016 at 8:46 am
          not from any of those I mentioned...I am from a state where people are flocking from other states to earn a living and live a better life... go figure...
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            NArayan
            Oct 11, 2016 at 7:32 am
            please don't run this train in BIMARU, Bengal states....if these trains run in those places, people inside can see the bottom of the people sitting on the top...
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              NArayan
              Oct 11, 2016 at 7:32 am
              please don't run this train in BIMARU, Bengal states....if these trains run in those places, people inside can see the bottom of the people sitting on the top...
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                imti
                Oct 11, 2016 at 9:14 am
                Good kickback from Saint Gobain and other gl manufacturers I am sure to MD. Else its most stupid idea where railways priorities should be for people comfort. Let the MD travel in sleeper cl for 8 hours in berth 4 to 8 and enjoy the experience, with stink and beds that are bare boards. They now want to provide gl roofs for these pengers to enjoy sunshine in a sun rich country like India. lt;br/gt;Look at the buses with there roofing in Bangalore which are now covered with ads to protect pengers from scorching sun
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