Mumbai, June 26: Express passenger trains Rajdhani and Shatabdi are undergoing a major makeover, with features like catering service, courteous uniformed staff and on-board entertainment to be introduced. The enhanced, refurbished coaches of the two trains will be launched in October this year. A report said on Monday said that the makeover will be done for 30 trains in total- 15 Shatabdi and 15 Rajdhani and the total cost of the project will be Rs 25 crore. Also Read - Plastic-Free India: Soon, Eco-Friendly 'Kulhads' to Replace Plastic Tea Cups at All Indian Railway Stations
The makeover is a part of the Indian Railways initiative to make train travel convenient and enhance the experience for the passengers, said a report by Press Trust of India. The Railways has named the project to refurbish and renovate train coaches as Project Swarn (Gold). October being the festive season, has been chosen as the month to rollout the new coaches, that will be refurbished to improve interiors, cleanliness and other aspects. Here are some key facts about Project Swarn: Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: 54 Non-suburban Passenger Trains to Run in West Bengal From Dec 2
1. Project Swarn is a three-month project and is targeted at the festive rush that the Railways is sure to witness. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: Railways Cancels Over Dozen Trains to Southern States, Passengers to be Refunded
2. The project was undertaken by the Indian Railways when it received complaints from passengers about the quality of catering services, cleanliness and hygiene and the quality of linens provided to the travelers.
3. Security concerns from the passengers will also be addressed as a part of Project Swarn. Apart from strengthening security systems in individual coaches of trains, the Railways will also deploy adequate escort personnel by RPF.
4. Entertainment services including films, series and music will be provided to passengers travelling by the two premiere passengers trains.
5. The 15 Rajdhanis shortlisted for refurbishment as a part of the project includes Mumbai, Howrah, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar.
6. The 15 Shatabdis shortlisted for enhancement as a part of the project includes Howrah-Puri, New Delhi-Chandigarh, New Delhi-Kanpur, Howrah-Ranchi, Anand Vihar-Kathgodam.
The Railways has reportedly taken up the task of training the staff in courtesy and politeness, as well on the use of trolleys and maintaining hygiene in the coaches. They will also be provided with a new uniform that is especially being designed as a part of the project. Apart from cleanliness and improving the quality of catering services, punctuality is another focus area under the project and steps will reportedly be taken to make these premiere trains arrive and depart on time.