Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister of India inspected the interiors of the new Model Rake on 11th January 2016. Model Rake – the passenger train with 24 passenger coaches featuring a large number of upgrades in the form of onboard comforts, was inspected by the Minister at the Safdarjang Station in New Delhi.
Produced at the Carriage Rehabilitation Workshop in Bhopal, along with M/s Hindustan Fiber Glass Works, Vadodara, the Model Rake consists of 24 AC and Non AC coaches. The work on Model Rakes see a total of 11 coaches being designed at a cost of INR 31.5 crores and will include AC 2 Tier, First AC and Non AC coaches in sleeper class, general second class, general second class cum guard cum luggage van besides pantry cars.
Features on board the new Model Rake include a well designed toilet with a large mirror and platform basin. It also gets a controlled water tap, odour control system and exhaust fan along with LED lights and dustbin. Other amenities include a ladder for easy access to top berths, a snack table for side berth passengers, windows with venetian blinds in FAC coaches while ACCW coaches receive roller blinds.
Dustbins in all coaches, exclusive light fittings and LED berth indicators are also evident while the number of mobile and laptop charging points have been scaled up. A Passenger Address and Passenger Information System are seen in all coaches while all material used in paneling etc is superior where toxicity index and fire retardation is concerned. The Model Rake also includes fire extinguishers and electrically operated chimney in the Panty Car while color schemes throughout the interior and exterior are pleasing to the eye.
Cost of upgrading a non AC coach stands at around INR 16 lakhs while an AC coach can be upgraded for around INR 22 lakhs. While with price escalation, these costs could go upto INR 18 lakhs and INR 25 lakhs respectively. The Railway Ministry plans up-gradation of 87 coaches during the period 2016-17.
No one can deny Development steps taken by our PM Narendra Modi Ji to renovate and improve Indian Railway Standards which could not accomplish in 68 years. Take a bow Suresh Prabhu and Narendra Mod Jii. Really making some serious development that we should be proud off our Govt.
Posted by Vivek Shetty on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Interior images via EconomicTimes.com