Disposable linen, automatic doors in premier trains planned

Aiming at generating more revenue from parcel movement, the Rail Budget is likely to propose development of high capacity parcel vans.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:July 2, 2014 5:18 pm
rail-budget-M Better passenger amenities and strengthening of safety and security in trains are likely to be focus of Railway Minister in his maiden Rail Budget. (Source: AP)

Disposable linen in Rajdhani trains, automatic closing doors in Shatabdi and fire suppression system in passenger coaches are some of the proposals set to be announced in the Rail Budget 2014-15.

Besides, announcement of manufacturing high capacity milk van and light weight wagon for transporting salt are also likely to find mention in NDA government’s first Rail Budget on July 8.

Heeding to the demand from the manufacturing sector, the Railways is also finalising its budgetary plan to develop high capacity wagons to transport more steel coils. As per the plan, the state-run transporter is proposing to develop wagons which can carry upto 3944 tons of coils. Currently, the carrying capacity of wagons is 2346 tons.

Aiming at generating more revenue from parcel movement, the Rail Budget is likely to propose development of high capacity parcel vans.

According to sources, better passenger amenities and strengthening of safety and security in trains are likely to be focus of Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in his maiden Rail Budget.

In a step towards providing better amenities and hygienic condition in trains, railways have decided to start a pilot project of providing disposable bedrolls in Bangalore Rajdhani Express.

There have been complaints regarding the quality of linen provided to Rajdhani passengers.

“So, it has been decided to provide linen made of non-woven polyester fabric which can be disposed off after use. It will be carried out in an experimental way in Bangalore Rajdhani and after getting feedback from passengers, a decision will be taken to adopt in in other Rajdhani trains,” the sources said.

Railways will also start a pilot project to equip Shatabdi coaches with automatic closing door system as a fool-proof safety device. The automatic door system will also be installed in EMU trains for suburban service, as per the plan.

Keeping the increased demand for dairy products and milk output, railways is proposing to develop higher capacity milk van which can carry 44,600 litres as against the current 40,000 litre.

Though the carrying capacity of milk van will be increased, the weight of the new design milk van will be reduced from 37 tons to 29.7 tons, as per the plan.

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    Deepak T
    Jul 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    These are low hanging fruits. The big Apple is coming soon.
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      jayplanes
      Jul 2, 2014 at 8:09 pm
      Monopolies have no need to provide good service. Take it or leave it, it your only choice regardless of which country they are in and who comes to power.
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        Raman VK
        Jul 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm
        Will we get enough water in toilets? Will we ensure the reservation website will not run out off tickets within minutes of the start of booking period? Will trains run on time? Will they reach destination without running into some other train or getting derailed? wake up... we dont want cosmetic changes.. we want changes..
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          sharma
          Jul 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm
          get the railway karmachari unions to work is impossible all you see on railway stations is signboards listing their demands. we dont need cosmetics but major surgery so cost of ry comes down and the benefit is ped on to the panger and divert more funds for more railway infrastucture
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            Citizen
            Jul 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm
            All improvements possible only with proper budgeting, fare increase and absolute and strict auditing of expenditure on the projects so to get maximum for each paise spent Jaihind
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              anil
              Jul 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm
              Exactly , first let basic facility should be available then we can think about all these jargon .
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