Railway travel across India is set for an upgrade. On the onset of New Year, Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister tweeted that the Indian Railways will launch new Tejas Trains which will offer amenities like seen in First Class plane travel.
Tejas Express will be a semi high speed train of the Indian Railways with a host of modern on board facilities to go a long way in changing the way people travel in India. Besides 22 new features which include individual entertainment screens, hand phone socket and LED boards with safety instructions, the Tejas Express will also have quality catering service as seen on the Rajdhani and Duronto trains. For the Tejas Express, Indian Railways is considering cuisines curated by Sanjeev Kapoor, celebrity chef, entrepreneur writer and television personality.
In the next 2 months, we would be ready with Tejas Trains which would redefine passenger travel experience in India pic.twitter.com/oWXABvgyWN
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) January 1, 2017
Features & Amenities
Tejas Express will also be seen in an interior color scheme that will match its exteriors offering passengers a world class experience. There will be tea and coffee vending machines and magazine and snack tables along with state of the art toilets with water level indicators in bio vacuum toilets, sensorised taps and hand driers.
CCTV, smoke and fire detectors and suppression systems will also be seen. Tejas Express is being constructed at the Railway Coach Factory at Kapurthala and is likely to be introduced on the Delhi Lucknow route for a day long journey. Tejas coaches will have Executive Class and Chair Cars as against Hamsafar Express which is seen with 3 AC. Below is the first look video of this new Tejas Train.
In addition to this, Indian Railways is also working on upgrading coaches of all passenger trains. The new coaches are designed by Coach Rehabilitation Workshop (CRWS), in Nishaputra, Bhopal and are a part of the Government’s Make in India scheme.
New Indian Railway coaches will have multi charging points for mobile and laptop, larger side berths, fire extinguishers and snack tables. Seats will all be made of poly-vinyl material making them fire proof while seats will sport LED reading lights.
A new purple color, aside from the usual green and red seats across the coach will add to its premium appeal. Floors of the coaches will be painted in a carpet finish while middle berths will be seen with side support and railings.
The plan is to bring in 111 such Make In India Railway Coaches which will include 87 non AC coaches, 17 coaches for AC 3 tier, 5 coaches for AC 2 tier and 1 each for AC 1 tire and chair car coaches. Following a successful test run between Bhopal and Bina railway stations, clearance from Railway Board is awaited following which these coaches will be seen on ISO certified trains and Rajdhani Express while special chair car coaches for Shatabdi Express will also be manufactured by CRWS.