No more “General Class” syndrome for regular train passengers! Here’s why:
The Indian Railways has rolled out its first modern ‘Deen Dayalu’ coach for General Class, with facilities like bio-toilets, potable drinking water, and mobile charging points.
Post the inauguration of the first Deen Dayalu coach in New Delhi, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “We have announced it in our budget. We will deploy these Deen Dayalu coaches in those routes which have heavy demand for getting seats”.
The coach is equipped with facilities including cushioned luggage racks and additional hand hold in the coat hooks and doorway area. Mr. Prabhu further added, “We have provided many facilities in these coaches like charging points, dustbins, more space for keeping luggage, aqua guard-like facilities. We fulfilled what we have promised in our budget”.
Mr. Prabhu further added, “We have provided many facilities in these coaches like charging points, dustbins, more space for keeping luggage, aqua guard-like facilities. We fulfilled what we have promised in our budget”.
About 700 such coaches will be rolled out in the current fiscal, and the estimated cost per coach would be about Rs. 81 lakhs.
What’s more? There is a water-level indicator and toilet occupation indication display painted with an anti-graffiti coating (z-shaped orange colour bands). Additionally, there are fire extinguishers with an anti-theft arrangement, LED flights and interior panelling.
Mr. Prabhu added, “Very soon four new services will be introduced. First there will be Tejas, secondly, Humsafar, then Udaya for overnight service, then Antyodaya Express will be pressed into service. Wherever there is a demand we will deploy this. It has been manufactured at ICF”.
Railway Member (Mechanical) Hemant Kumar said, “This is the first Deen Dayalu coach and every month about 15-20 coaches will be manufactured at Integrated Coach factory at Chennai and Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala”.