According to IRCTC, these coaches, the first of their kind in India, are being manufactured at the ICF and each has a manufacturing cost of around Rs. 04 Crore.
New Delhi: With a view to modernise the old get-up of the passenger and express trains, the Indian Railways is set to introduce rail coaches with glass ceiling and infotainment systems, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) .The new train coaches with glass top ceiling has been jointly designed by IRCTC, the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), and Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur (Chennai), and will be introduced in selected trains from December this year.
Three such coaches will roll out from ICF in December this year. The first coach will be tagged in a regular train in the Kashmir Valley while the other two will be part of some train careening through the picturesque Araku Valley (KK Line, Waltair station) on the South-Eastern Railway as told by IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A.K. Manocha.
According to IRCTC, each coach has a manufacturing cost of around Rs 4 crore. The basic objective behind such a project is to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad, There are some trains with glass ceiling in foreign countries, like Switzerland, which enjoy the patronage of tourists. The coaches will be ultra luxurious with rotatable chairs to provide the passengers an aerial view through partly glass ceiling.The coaches will have ample leg space and also equipped with modern infotainment system for the benefit of tourists.
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