Common man’s train travel set for a big facelift! Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways is in the process of executing the ambitious Project Utkrisht that aims to upgrade as many as 140 rakes of Superfast and Mail/Express trains. Conceptualised on the lines of Operation Swarn – which involves upgrading Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express trains – Project Utkrisht is a welcome step for the common man who travels mostly in Superfast and Mail/Express trains. “Under this project, we will be upgrading the interiors and exteriors of about 140 rakes to start with – which means 66 pairs of trains.
Each train may have more than one rake. We have laid out the basic parameters on the basis of which the upgradation has to be done,” a Railway Ministry official told Financial Express Online. According to the official, approximately Rs 60 lakh per rake has been sanctioned and the first phase of Project Utkrisht will be completed as early as March 2019. The second phase involves upgrading another 500 rakes of Mail/Express and Superfast trains! Read More