State-of-the-art railway coaches that will offer one ambience and services that parallel those in aeroplanes are all set to roll out.
Manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), the ‘Anubhuti’ coach is finally ready to make an entry into the Indian Railways, four years after the proposal of luxury coaches was presented.
The high-end coach will give passengers facilities such as extra foot space, recliner chairs, nine-inch LCD screens on every seat, personal mobile charging facility, and sensor-enabled modular toilets.
Built on the Linke-Hoffman-Busch platform, each coach will have a seating capacity of 56 passengers and comes along with a special exterior colour scheme.
Each of these luxury coaches is estimated to cost around ₹ 3.5 crore.
According to The New Indian Express, ten such coaches will be produced by ICF within this year and the Western Railways will have the opportunity of implementing the first coach in its rail system in the coming weeks.
Select premium trains like the Shatabdi Express are likely to get one of these coaches added its regular roll of compartments. The ticket fares of ‘Anubhuti’ class will be much higher than the regular AC chair car and executive chair car charges.
Each of these seats will not only sport the much-touted LCD screens, that will be pre-loaded with film and audio content along with headphone jacks, but also have individual USB and AC ports.
The coaches are furbished with touch-free modular toilets. “Sensor-enabled water taps, air dryer and soap dispenser have been installed to ensure optimal utilisation of these resources,” said a factory official.
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Apart from the aforementioned features, the Anubhuti coaches will have GPS-linked passenger information system as well as two large screens placed in the middle of the coach that will provide with real-time information like distance, speed and approaching stations.
In order to ease out the maintenance of the coaches, the ICF has incorporated the use of anti-graffiti paint. “For the first time, we have applied an anti-graffiti coating on these coaches. Hence it will be easy for washing away graffiti or other markings,” added the official.
This will be the first time that such high-end and multi-faceted railway coaches will be making inroads into the Indian Railways.