9 recent developments in Indian Railways

With Deen Dayalu coaches being the latest addition to Indian Railways, we bring to you a number of facts that are leading to the railways’ advancement.
To improve quality of travelling in general class, Railways today rolled out its first modern unreserved coach ‘Deen Dayalu’ with facilities like potable drinking water, mobile charging points and bio-toilets among others to be used in mail and express trains.

Besides the water filtration system to provide potable water, the coach is equipped with provision of cushioned luggage racks, additional hand hold in doorway area and coat hooks.

IRCTC and SSP Catering India have collaborated to set up a five star waiting lounge for the passengers at NDLS.

To offer home like comfort and hotel like luxuries at a reasonable price, IRCTC’s Executive Lounge has tied-up with Leela Palace and other hotels and travel booking sites.

People can book their stay for the waiting timings online by logging on to the official IRCTC website.

Heralding a new era of semi-high speed trains in the country, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off the first such train which will cover the 200 km distance between Delhi and Agra in 100 minutes.

Equipped with a 5,500 HP electric locomotive, two Executive AC Chair Cars and eight AC Chair Car coaches, the train has a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.

n a milestone in adoption of green fuel in Indian Railways, the first CNG train was launched on the Rewari-Rohtak section of Northern zone.

Introduction of CNG train will reduce greenhouse gas emission by the Railways and also the consumption of diesel.

Railways have modified the 1,400 HP engine to run on dual fuel – diesel and CNG – through fumigation technology.

Poor quality food has been a bane for those travelling on trains in India.

However, things are changing for good. Startups like TravelKhana, a Noida, NCR-based startup, is striving to ensure that train passengers get to eat the food of their liking and from restaurants of their choosing.

TravelKhana is a marketplace that allows railway passengers to buy meals of their choice, from a wide variety of restaurants on its platform.

Also, Train passengers will soon be able to order burgers and pizzas of their choice on the Indian Railways website and have them delivered right to their coaches.

The Indian Railways introduced Spanish Talgo, a light train comsuming 30 per cent less energy.

The train consists of two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.

The operation augment services at stations to bring down the maximum time taken for buying a ticket at counters to five minutes.

The Ministry of Railways aims at ensuring time-bound delivery of services.

A citizen’s charter has been made mandatory for all zones.

Google and Indian Railways have joined hands and came up with Project Niligiri.

The project aims to set up WiFi hotspots at around 400 railway stations pan India.

Passengers may avail the facility for free after mobile number verification through a one-time password sent over SMS.

Stepping up efforts to make environment better, the railways has set a target to install bio-toilets in all coaches to ensure the entire rail network as zero discharge zone by 2019.

Railways has also set a target of increasing the use of bio-diesel upto 5 per cent of its total diesel consumption and also to focus on clean fuel like solar and wind energy to reduce emission in a significant way.