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  1. Why just Rajdhanis and Shatabdis? Indian Railways to now upgrade coaches in trains ‘patronised by the poor’

Why just Rajdhanis and Shatabdis? Indian Railways to now upgrade coaches in trains ‘patronised by the poor’

The trains which are patronised by the poorest of the poor must also be identified," says the minutes from a meeting of senior railway board officials earlier this month.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 18, 2018 12:40 PM
The railways will now deliver gold-standard coaches, meant for Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, to trains “patronised by the poorest of the poor”, a note from a meeting of senior railway board officials has said. (AP)

The railways will now deliver gold-standard coaches, meant for Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, to trains “patronised by the poorest of the poor”, a note from a meeting of senior railway board officials has said. The upgradation work will be done under the project Swarna, which was launched last year to refurbish railway coaches, but covered only the premium Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. “Project Swarna will be extended to second level of trains. While selecting the trains, the approach must not be elitist. The trains which are patronised by the poorest of the poor must also be identified,” says the minutes from a meeting of senior railway board officials earlier this month.

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Under the project, the railways gave its zones a free hand to spend as much as Rs 50 lakh per rake (set of coaches), which usually takes around Rs 30-35 lakhs, to develop and create “aesthetic” and “passenger friendly” coach interiors, officials said.

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It was also decided in the meeting that the principal chief mechanical engineers of all zonal railways can identify mail and express trains that can be upgraded. The upgrade will mean that passengers on board such trains will experience improvement in coach interiors, toilets, cleanliness, staff behaviour, catering, linen, punctuality, on-board entertainment and security. The first Swarna Rajdhani between New Delhi and Sealdah was launched in November 2017.

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  1. vijay sud
    Feb 18, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    The frequent Removal of fish plates and other tampering with Rail Track must be punishable with death penalty to discourage terrorists indulding in these acts resulting in hundreds getting killed. This malady is existing only in India and brings the Railway safery records a bad name a over.
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    1. Rajeev Azad
      Feb 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm
      Has any of railway officials travelled on Delhi Bhatinda Shatabdi or Ludhiana Rohtak Delhi Shaabdi to transform the old and worn out coaches. These need urgent revamp. Rajeev azad
      Reply
      1. Satya Ranjan Das
        Feb 18, 2018 at 7:25 pm
        Accident-free journey and passenger safety from miscreants in particular female safety must be accorded topmost priority.
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