New Delhi: Recently, Railway minister Piyush Goyal mentioned in a report that Indian Railways is planning to refurbish 2,000 old coaches till the end of the year 2018. Mr. Goyal informed the news reporters that the Railway ministry is making the best possible efforts to provide the best in class travelling experience to the Indian Railways travellers. Piyush Goyal also added that the national transporter will not only upgrade the old coaches but will also install accessories like tray-tables and charging points for every seat. New fans, better seat covers, new taps in the toilets, photographs in the passages etc. will also be installed in the old coaches, the minister asserted.
As per the reports from some of the railway officials, the estimated cost for the upgradation of the 2,000 old coaches will be somewhere close to Rs 600 crore. Besides upgrading these coaches, the national transporter is also planning to upgrade 40,000 number of coaches of the 59,000 coaches on its trains.
Member of Railway Board, Rajesh Agarwal reported the news sources that not only numerous steps have been taken to improvise the interiors and exteriors of trains of Indian Railways but efforts have been made to improve the standards of railway coaches as well.
“While other initiatives are for selected trains, for express trains like Shatabdi and Rajdhani, an umbrella project has been taken up to refurbish their coaches on the basis of requirement,” said Rajesh Agarwal.
Besides the upgradation of the coaches of the trains, the national transporter is looking forward to develop 640 Utkrisht rakes in the next two years. The cost regarding the development of 640 Utkrisht rakes has been estimated at Rs 400 crore. Under Indian Railways Project Utkrisht, 140 rakes of mail/express trains are likely to be upgraded in the first phase of the project which will include giving a facelift to both, the interior as well as the exterior of the train’s rake.
On the other hand, one more project with the name ‘Project Swarn’ was also launched by the national transporter. This project was launched to improve the existing condition of Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains. Under this project, 14 Rajdhanis and 15 Shatabdis were upgraded.