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Swanky, new Mahamana Express? not anymore

Empty groundnut shells, food packets and a discarded beer bottle. These were items left behind by passengers of the Mahamana Express.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 31, 2016 8:02:31 pm
'Mahamana Express', in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (PTI Photo) ‘Mahamana Express’, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Barely days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Mahamana Express, pictures of unkempt coaches are doing rounds on social media. In one of the photos taken by Dainik Bhaskar, empty groundnut shells and food packets are seen strewn on the floor. And others show a clogged washbasin and even a discarded beer bottle.

Anguished by the passengers’ tardiness, people took to Twitter urging others to maintain the upkeep of the train.

The Mahamana Express connects New Delhi and Varanasi, via Lucknow, in just 14 hours. The 18-coach train was praised for its redesigned, swanky interiors, part of the Railways plan to introduce 111 coaches with enhanced amenities.

Some of its features are:

Toilet: Bigger mirror, platform washbasin, controlled discharged water tap, odour control system, exhaust fan, LED lights, dustbin inside the toilet.

Ladder: Ergonomically designed Ladders for climbing up to upper berths provided in all coaches.

Side berths: Snack tables provided for side berth passengers also with innovative design side lower berth arrangement.

Windows: Windows with powered venetian blind and roller blind instead of conventional curtains.

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