Indian Railways plans to introduce glass-topped coaches like this one very soon
Few things come close to the romance of train travel. And cashing in on this very romance are the good folks at IRCTC. According to a report by PTI, IRCTC is planning to introduce train carriages with glass ceilings on certain specific routes. These will be luxury carriages specifically targeting tourists and will run only on select routes. According to reports, these carriages should be operational and be part of attractions as early as December this year! Needless to say, while these carriages are largely targeted at foreign tourists, the IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director, AK Manocha hopes that upscale Indian tourists will also avail of this service. Also Read - After Lockdown is Over, Automated Sector to Resume Operations First | 5-Point Strategy
So along which routes will these carriages with glass ceilings run? Manocha told PTI that 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 in Visakhapatnam’. Trains with glass ceilings are not uncommon in the west especially in countries like Switzerland that thrive on tourist patronage. In India, these new coaches will also have more legroom than the others as well as boast of modern infotainment systems. Also Read - Is There Really a Link Between Obesity And Depression?
India has one of the largest railway networks in the world. Every day this network is used by at least 23 million people. India has spent considerable money on luxury trains over the years. Maharajas’ Express and Palace on Wheels are already running during peak tourist seasons. However things haven’t changed much for the everyday customer. Each of the glass-topped carriage will cost Indian Railways Rs 4 crore and is part of the government’s plan to modernize the railways. This year the government has planned to spend Rs 1.21 lakh crore towards this attempt. Among other things Indian Railways is also offering Wi-Fi hotspots at 100 railway stations. Also Read - Trending News Today, April 9, 2020: Angry Monkeys in Ayodhya Fight For Food, Attack Humans as Coronavirus Drastically Impacts Tourism
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