Indian Railways have plans to develop 640 Utkrisht rakes under its project of upgrading the mail/express trains in the next two years at a cost of Rs 400 crore, a senior official asserted on Wednesday. Kalka Mail from Howrah station was the first lot of Utkrisht rakes that departed on Tuesday and is scheduled to reach Delhi on Wednesday night. The project has been undertaken as ‘green rakes’(consisting of 20 or 22 coaches) at Eastern Railways’ Liluah workshop and they cost Rs 60 lakh each.
“Our aim to develop 140 rakes by March 2019 after which we are planning to roll out 500 more by March 2020. The rakes will provide better facilities to passengers, including LED lightings, odourless toilets,” Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board, Rajesh Agarwal said.
The rakes will be seen in a different scheme on the exterior, beige and maroon. Read more
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