'Anubhuti' train ticket to cost more than AC 1 Class in Shatabdi Express

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 28 2013, 03:48am hrs
Travelling in "Anubhuti" coach, the special AC luxury class proposed in this year's rail budget, will be one and half times costlier than the First AC Executive Class in Shatabdi trains.

Railways has proposed to introduce a modern coach "Anubhuti" with good ambience in Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains phase-wise, providing higher travel comfort to passengers.

"We will begin with one Shatabdi train as a pilot project and then Anubhuti coaches will be added in all other 16 Shatabdi trains," Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said here today.

He said similarly one Rajdhani train will be selected for introduction of Anubhuti coach to be followed by all other 23 Rajdhani services and mail and express trains will also be equipped with Anubhuti coaches phase-wise.

Asked about the fare of travelling in Anubhuti class, Bansal said it will be one and half times more than the AC 1 Class in Shatabdi train.

While AC 1 has 56 seats in Shatabdi, Anubhuti will be equipped with 50 ergonomically designed cushioned seats and with provisions of LCD video screens.

It will cost Rs 30 lakh more than the regular LHB coach in Shatabdi, he said adding "Anubnuti coaches will be manufactured in coach factories in Rae Bareli and Kapurthala."

A LHB coach is estimated to cost about Rs 2 crore.

The interiors of the coach will sport a contemporary look with automatic opening and closing of internal doors. Besides, it will have modular toilets with vacuum discharge system and superior roller blinds as curtains.

People are ready to pay more if comfort and better amenities are being given, Bansal said.

Terming his maiden rail budget as "realistic", Bansal said "steps are being taken to introduce mobile ticketing system. One has to use the mobile phone and send SMS for buying tickets."

He said when e-ticketing system will improve, the load on ticketing windows will be reduced and gradually the current advance booking period of four months will also be shortened.

Asked whether Railway Ministry will introduce reforms in its administration, Bansal said "I am mulling over it."