In a big boost to Indian Railways, soon it will be equipped with the country’s first engine less self propelled train “Train 18” which is being regarded as a successor to the 30- year old Shatabdi Express, the fast passenger trains that are equipped with premium features.
Not only the train is unique in aspect of being first engine less self propelled train but also is special in regard that it is “Made in India” giving a major push to Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” initiative
These special trains which will hit the tracks on October 29 are being built at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai in 18 months. Initially, six such trains will be built, but later the ICF could enhance the production, depending on the requirement
These trains will be loaded with state-of-the-art amenities and will be used for inter-city travel. The self propulsion feature of the train will reduce travel time by 15 per cent as compared to the Shatabdi and will also add to passenger experience.
The plush 16-coach train is fitted with CCTV cameras, and has two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each and 14 non-executive chair cars each carrying 78 seats each.
It is also fitted with diffused lighting, automatic doors and GPS-based Passenger Information System. There are automatic footsteps as well that emerge as the train stops at a railway station enabling passengers to board the train safely. Other facilities include zero discharge vacuum based bio-toilets, sealed gangways, roller blinds, Divyang-friendly toilets, etc.
The Indian Railways is witnessing this transformation only because of the efforts of Prime Minister Modi and his Government. In recent years, many initiatives have been taken to make train journey for passengers safer and faster. Modi Government has planned to construct 10,000 km of new high-speed corridors to run trains at the speed of 200-250 kmph .The Government wants to replace all old trains with new hi-tech trains for the accomplishment of which it has already asked all zonal railway general managers to work on increasing the speed of long-distance passenger trains by 5kmph every year, thus reaching the target of 25kmph increase in speed by 2022.The introduction of Train 18 is one such initiative.
Apart from Train 18, the Railways will also roll out Train 20 by 2020. Train 18 will have a stainless steel body, and Train 20 will be made with Aluminium. Both these train are being manufactured at half the import cost under the government’s Make in India programme. Reports suggest a Train 18 and Train 20 coach will cost around Rs 2.5 crore and Rs 5.5 crore, respectively.
This will also help in boosting economy by creating more jobs as The Indian Railways being the backbone of the country employs lakhs of people and have a network that spans across the length and breadth of the country
Credits& Source : Business Today