Indian Railways is in the process of undertaking a modernisation drive for some trains, under a banner called “Project Utkrisht”. According to the New Indian Express, this should put an end to criticism that the Railways only pays attention to improving passenger amenities in premium trains, like the Shatabdi, Duronto and Rajdhani.
The Railway Board recently approved Project Utkrisht, under which 140 rakes of 66 trains nationwide, will be upgraded.
According to a senior Railway Board official in DNA, all 140 rakes will be refurbished at the cost of Rs 60 lakhs, by March 2019.
The interiors of the train have been tastefully decorated:-
Plans drawn by the Railway Board speak of modifications like:-
· Vinyl wrapping of coaches
· Information posters
· Change of torn seats
· Compressed cushion seats
· Dustbins in coaches
· Braille signs
· Wi-Fi connections
· Toilet indicators, improved flushing valves and LED lights for the toilets.
· Fire extinguishers
Also, there will be regular inspection and maintenance, to ensure that the amenities remain top-notch.
In Karnataka, six express trains and superfast trains shall get a makeover, and provided with premium facilities for passengers to enjoy their journey. The Hampi Express train, Rani Chennamma Express Train, the Mysuru-Tuticorin Express Train, the Kamakhya-Yeshwantpur AC Express train, the Bengaluru-Kochuveli Express, and the Yeshwantpur-Howrah Duronto Express, have been selected for upgrades.
A senior Railway official told the New Indian Express, that Project Utkrisht is aimed at providing better facilities in trains used by poor and middle-class passengers. Whether the makeover will result in a ticket-price increase is yet to be decided, he said.
The Railways has continuously been taking steps to ensure passenger comfort and convenience. Introducing softer blankets and POS machines as well as better food has been the case till now. With ‘Project Utkrisht’, the national transporter aims to take development a notch higher and bring a comfortable and memorable railway experience for all its passengers.