Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced a big facelift for the Indian railways in the next five years. The project is called “Mission Retro-Fitment” under which they plan to overhaul some 40,000 coaches and make them more equipped to provide better passenger experience. So we have come with 10 points on “Mission Retro-Fitment” that is essential for you to know. Check them out:
- The project is going to involve some 40,000 coaches for the up gradation of its interior within the next five years which means, we are going to get these brand new coaches by 2022/23.
- The estimated cost to pull off the “Mission Retro-Fitment” project is 30 lakh rupees per coach. Considering how many coaches they are planning to refurbish, it amounts to a whole lot of money.
- Being a large-scale project, the Indian railways is going to cover 40 percent while the rest will involve working with private players. Some the coaches will be undergoing refurbishing either in the private premises or the workshops of the railway department.
- The project has already taken flight as per reports, some 57 coaches have already been refurbished by Coach Rehabilitation Workshop, Bhopal and currently they are running in Varanasi-New Delhi Mahamana Express.
- Some 2,000 modernized coaches will be rolling out in 2017-18. So you don’t really have to wait for long to board one.
- Some of the new and upgraded features that you’ll get to see the new coaches are LED lightings, anti-graffiti paints, powered Venetian blinds, berth reading lights, modified berths, better toilets with concealed plumbing, among other things. Upgrades in the AC chambers include smoke and fire detection, better compartment doors, etc.
- The railway department says that the new coaches will also have more charging points for mobile phones and laptop along with unexpected features like Braille signage, bio-toilet, ergonomic design, and believe it or not, there will be a passenger information system. Improved facility for differently-abled people, like wider doors and anti-slip floors, will exist.
- In refurbishing the coaches, the railway says they are using better materials that are durable like advanced composites, and polycarbonate AB, etc.
- The coaches will be anti-climbing, fitted with center buffer couplers that come with inherent anti-climbing properties. So people boarding the train will be the one who has bought a ticket to board the train.
- One of the most significant challenges here is to see that the facelift does not disturb the daily operation of trains, the Indian Railway says. It’ll be interesting to follow how exactly do they plan to cope with the pressure.
As you can see, a lot of new exciting things are come out of the project. The Indian Railways seem to be doing quite a lot of things for better user experience. They are even investing to connect with neighbor countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar.
It remains to be seen how successful will the Indian Railways be in pulling off what they have promised with the “Mission Retro-Fitment” project. For this, we have to sit tight and observe the coaches rolling out in the next five years.