From installing new safety mechanisms, to extending on-board housekeeping services to more trains – Indian railways has come up with a new plan to make train journeys safer and better.
Indian Railways has always been one step ahead when it comes to making our journeys safer, more comfortable and a lot easier.
Here are five key measures that the department is planning to install with the view of providing its passengers with a better travelling experience.
1. Condition-based monitoring mechanism
The condition based monitoring mechanism will have two systems. An on-board system will detect glitches in roller bearings, coach suspension etc. While the second system will detect wheel defects, hanging parts, broken springs, and more.
2. Railways is in the process of constructing a dual purpose locomotive, which will be capable of running both on electricity as well as diesel.
This feature will make operations more flexible and will also result in substantial fuel saving.
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3. To reduce wastage of water, railways will install water level indicators in coach water tanks.
4. Better housekeeping services
The on-board housekeeping service (OBHS) provided by railways is currently available in 571 trains. Recently, the criteria for provision of OBHS has been revised, to cover 414 more trains by 2016-17.
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5. Improved cleanliness
Various cleanliness related measures have been taken up by the railways, including trials for garbage disposable bags on trains, and construction of 25,500 bio-toilets in 8,700 coaches, among others.