1. Indian Railways unveils New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express under Swarn Project, sets premium standards of comfort

Indian Railways unveils New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express under Swarn Project, sets premium standards of comfort

The New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express has become the first train to be upgraded to ‘Gold standards’ under Indian Railways new Operation ‘Swarn’.

By: | Updated: November 6, 2017 2:57 PM
New Delhi Kathgodam, Shatabdi Express, Swarn Project, Indian Railways, Kathgodam Shatabdi, Swarn Shatabdi, Delhi Kathgodam Shatabdi At a cost of Rs 50 lakh, Northern Railways has upgraded the Shatabdi Express on as many as 10 parameters.

Under the all-new Operation ‘Swarn’, Indian Railways has introduced the first train ever to be upgraded to ‘Gold standards’. The New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express has been upgraded by the Northern Railways on at least 10 parameters at the cost of Rs 50 lakh. Three dimensions; aesthetics, hygiene and entertainment have been kept in mind. The icing on the cake for railway passengers is that all these new features come with no revision in fares!

While the exterior has been given a vinyl wrapping which is graffiti proof, the interiors have been upgraded with better aesthetics and passenger comfort measures such as attendant calling facilities and reading lights. A new infotainment ‘Magic Box’ facility allows you to enjoy HD streaming of movies on your personal devices. Seeking to address a big pain point of passengers, the toilets have been made modular and will be cleaned every two hours during the train journey! Not only that, the train’s toilets now come equipped with a central locking system. This means that passengers will be able to use the toilets only 5 minutes after the train starts running. According to Railways, one long-standing complaint of passengers is that toilets are dirty as soon as the train starts. “We realised that a lot of unauthorised people, who will not be travelling on the train, use toilets once the train comes on the platform. To avoid misuse, the toilets will be kept locked and only opened once the train leaves from the station,” a senior railway official told FE Online.

We take a look at some noteworthy changes that have been made on the Shatabdi Express under Operation ‘Swarn’:

1. Interiors with vinyl graffiti-proof wrappings in the doorways, gangways and luggage rack panels

2. Compartment aisle marked with fluorescent strips. Attendant calling facility and reading lights.

3. New anti-abrasion permanent coating for polished look of flooring

4. ‘Magic Box’ infotainment system: Enjoy HD streaming of movies, cartoon movies, Mann Ki Baat and e-magazines through Wifi hotspot on your smartphones, tablets and laptops!

5. An anti-graffiti vinyl coating on the exterior.

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6. Toilets have been upgraded with dustbins, odour control system and a scrapper matting to avoid dirty water from spilling over to the main train area. As mentioned above, the toilets boast of a central locking system and will also be cleaned every two hours, with passengers being asked by staff to check after every cleaning.

7. The coaches boast of automatic odour and hygiene control systems. The Executive class coaches will come equipped with disposable head-rest covers.

8. All coaches have integrated braille signages for the convenience of visually challenged passengers.

9. The capacity of the food shelves has also been enhanced to maintain better hygiene. There are plans to improve catering services as well

10. Eventually, Northern Railways plans to provide CCTV and GPS-based passenger information system in all coaches.

Northern Railways plans to upgrade all the Rajdhani Express trains and Shatabdi trains under it to ‘Gold Standard’ by June 2018.

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    Girish Joshi
    Nov 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm
    Its good effort but also requested the improve the quality of food that is being served which is at present is of low standard.
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        Nov 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm
        Good to see many facilities. Every looks thing is Good but what about Quality and Taste of Food supplied in the Train?. Look at the Bangalore Chennai shatabdi or Chennai Coimbatore Shatabthi exp , Food supplied in these train are Horrible. Even Dog won't eat the Bread given to Passengers.Coffee is horrible , just hot water. Many COmplaints were raised by me and Many passengers, railways just fine them or suspend them for some time. Unless Corruption at IRCTC higher Official level is curbed, nothing can be done. Contractors and Officials are hand in Glow .

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