Ahead of the upcoming general elections, the Centre on Saturday offered a bagful of bonanza for the eight million Mumbai daily suburban railway commuters.
A system to enable passengers to track the movement of moving premium trains and for motormen to send distress signals during emergencies are the highlights of a Railways and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) collaboration to usher in a new age of rail technology.
Unable to maintain the punctuality of Bandra Terminus-Hazrat Nizamuddin special Rajdhani introduced as a faster and cheaper premium option to travellers, the Indian Railways is mulling increase in its run-time by an hour to make it stick to schedule, ministry sources said.
Soon, you are going to see a visible difference when you board a Rajdhani or Shatabdi train next time. Northern Railway is all set to upgrade 16 of these trains to “gold” standard, with improved exteriors and interiors, complete with vinyl wrappings, LED lights and wall paintings, according to a report in the Times of India.
Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed on three trains originating from the Pune division in the first phase of the railways’ plan to install CCTV cameras on all trains and at stations.
All coaches of the Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains will soon have four CCTV cameras each to ensure passenger safety, a railways official said.
In a bid to cut travel time and provide a comfortable journey to its passengers, the Indian Railways is reportedly all set to introduce a world-class train in the country by June this year, and another by 2020.
Western Railway has tied up with the prisons department to provide linencovers made of newspapers. The project, a first of its kind for Indian Railways, has been launched on a trial basis on Bandra-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express, also known as Third Rajdhani.
Railway passengers will soon be offered ready-to-eat meals by the likes of Nestle. The move follows the transporter’s decision to introduce pre-packaged food, instead of freshly cooked food, for passengers on board its trains after several complaints on the quality of food being provided.
Ticket examiners in premium trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto will soon get an image makeover.