New Delhi: In a bid to enhance travelling experience and riding comfort of its passengers, the Indian Railways is in process of upgrading as many as 14 Rajdhani Express and 15 Shatabdi trains at an average cost of Rs 50 lakh per train, under the government’s ‘Operation Swarn’ scheme.
Operation Swarn is a project undertaken by the ministry to improve the comfort level and aesthetics of passenger trains.
The Western Railways have got refurbished and ‘airplane-like’ coaches of the Rajdhani Express under the Railway Ministry’s ‘Operation Swarn’.
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The move comes weeks after the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express got coaches, christened ‘Anubhuti’, with aircraft-like interiors.
Ravinder Bhakar, chief spokesperson of WR, said, “There are LED lights in the coaches and washrooms, which would also help in reducing energy consumption. The seating area too has been spruced up to make it more pleasing to the eye.
“The washrooms have been fitted with branded bath fittings, wash basins with improved designs, premium quality soap and toilet paper dispensers, hygienic automatic personal seat dispensers for western toilets and auto janitors to control odour. Besides, the floors have been covered with scrapper mattings to keep them clean,” Bhakar added.
What is Operation Swarn?
The New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Shatabdi Express has become the first Shatabdi Express train of Northeast Frontier Railway to get this kind of upgrade.
Operation Swarn is a 10 parameter upgrade scheme of Indian Railways, under which passenger comfort and feedback has been given importance. Security, staff behaviour, toilets, onboard cleanliness, catering, coach interiors, punctuality, onboard entertainment, linen and real time feedback are the 10 areas to focus for revamp of Railways.