November 07, 2017

NORTHERN RAILWAY USHERS IN A NEW ERA OF PASSENGER TRAVEL THROUGH IMPROVED COACH COMFORT & QUALITATIVE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE UNDER PROJECT SWARNA

MAIDEN SERVICE OF THE RE-FURBISHED NEW DELHI-KATHGODAM SHATABDI EXPRESS WITH NEW LOOK, FEEL & EXPERIENCE FEATURES TO COMMENCE SERVICES  (07.11.2017)
NEWLY ADDED FEATURES INCLUDE VINYL WRAPPING, FLOURESCENT STRIP GUIDANCE OF AISLE AREAS, ANTI-GRAFFITI VENEER, INTEGRATED BRAILLE SIGNAGES IN COACHES, HYGIENE-ORIENTED UPGRADED SYSTEMS IN TOILETS, MAGIC BOX (ON TRIAL) FOR ENTERTAINMENT
                Passengers travelling o­n New Delhi-Kathgodam-New Delhi Shatabdi train from tomorrow i.e. 07.11.2017 can look forward to a more pleasing travel experience o­n the refurbished train with upgraded comfort, enhanced hygiene and value-added features. Under Project Swarna, the Indian Railways endeavors to bring in better qualitative services to the flagship luxury segment of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. Under this project, the Indian Railways will focus o­n 10 key areas viz. punctuality, cleanliness, linen, coach interiors, toilets, catering, staff behavior, security, entertainment, housekeeping and regular feedback. The modified trains will also have improved coach interiors, better furnishing and new comfortable seats and are envisaged to redefine rail journeys in the country. Shri Vishwesh Chaubey, General Manager, Northern Railway and Shri RN Singh Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Delhi inspected the refurbished train stabled in Delhi Safdarjung yard today(06.11.2017)
                The interiors of all 12 coaches of New Delhi-Kathgodam-New Delhi Shatabdi train have been upgraded under this Project. The salient features are as under:-
·Aesthetics- Interiors have been redone with vibrant vinyl wrappings in doorways, gangways and luggage rack panels. The compartment aisle has been earmarked with fluorescent strips for guidance of passengers. Anti-graffiti coating o­n exteriors and an all now anti-abrasion permanent coating for the polished look of coach flooring.
·Hygiene-Upgrading the toilets with additional features such as dustbins, personal seat covers, automatic odour and hygiene control system in all coaches and disposable head rest covers in the executive class. Scraper matting with better durability and suited to heavy traffic has been provided in toilets, so that the dirty water is not carried over to the sitting areas.
·Entertainment- With the use of innovative technology, passenger can now enjoy HD streaming of entertainment through WiFi hotspot over their smart phones. Tabs and laptops, which covers the entire gamut including movies, cartoon movies, e-magazines and government programmes like ‘Mann Ki Baat’  of Honourable PM.
Special emphases have been made with regard to upkeep of various passenger amenity fittings. Besides the above, all the coaches have been provided with integrated Braille signages. Northern Railway also plans to provide CCTV and GPS Based Passenger Information System in all these coaches. Northern Railway has planned to progressively upgrade all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains of similar or higher standards by March, 2018.