UDAY Express: Rail passengers from Coimbatore to Bengaluru, Bandra to Jamnagar and Visakhapatnam to Vijaywada have reason to cheer! Soon, Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways will introduce the all new double-decker UDAY Express on these routes. UDAY Express or the Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri Express was announced in Railway Budget 2016 and is specially aimed at business travellers. Informed sources in Indian Railways have told FE Online that the first rake of the UDAY Express should be ready to ply before March 2018. “We are looking to prepare a prototype coach by the end of this year and the final rake within this financial year,” a railway official told FE Online.
According to the new Indian Railways timetable that became effective from November 1 this year, as many as three UDAY Express trains will be introduced in the coming year. The 22666 Coimbatore-Bengaluru UDAY Express will depart at 5:40 AM from Coimbatore to reach Bengaluru at 12:40 PM, taking a total time of 7 hours. On the other hand the 22665 Bengaluru-Coimbatore UDAY Express will depart at 2:15 PM from Bengaluru to reach Coimbatore at 9:00 PM, taking a total time of 6 hours and 45 minutes. The details of the other two UDAY Express trains between Bandra and Jamnagar and Visakhapatnam and Vijaywada are given in the chart below:
UDAY Express: Routes and schedule
Instead of manufacturing new double-decker coaches, the existing ones are being refurbished to introduce new features for the comfort and entertainment of passengers. From automatic food and coffee/tea vending machines to LCD screens with blue-tooth connectivity, the new UDAY Express trains will boast of multiple features. “The screens will hang from the coach ceiling and if the passenger desires he/she can listen in using bluetooth/wi-fi ear phones that Railways will provide. The screens will be fitted in a way that all passengers can enjoy the onboard entertainment,” another railway official had told FE Online earlier. The double-decker trains already boast of modular toilets and eventually, Railways plans to modify the design in order to introduce bio-toilets.