- Indian Railways adds more features to Humsafar Express coaches
- Cost of Humsafar AC 3 Tier coach estimated at Rs 2.58 crore
- Wanted to further improve Humsafar train design: railway minister
Here are 10 things to know on the Humsafar Express:
The cost of a Humsafar AC 3 Tier coach is estimated at Rs 2.58 crore, as against Rs.2.39 crore for a normal LHB AC 3 Tier coach.
The new coaches had a mobile charging point for each berth including USB charging points. Earlier, there were three chargers for eight passengers.
Each berth was provided with reading light, in contrast to only the lower berths previously.
Among some of the other features given in the new coaches were a convenient upper berth climbing arrangement, display monitor screens for the CCTV installed in the coach, and dustbins in each bay inside the coach.
Some of the features planned for the Humsafar Express include an anti-graffiti coating and distinctive 3D numbering on the exterior, colourfully coordinated seats, berths, partitions, curtains, improved/hygienic toilets and film type mirrors, deodorizers, dustbins and sleek bottle holders in the cabins.
Besides, the Humsafar Express coaches will also come with CCTV surveillance cameras in the common areas of coaches, integrated braille displays, hygienic lavatories with odour flushing systems, GPS-based passenger information systems, passenger announcement systems, fire and smoke detection systems, auto vending machine and mini pantries with ovens/fridges.
A total of 11 Humsafar trains have been announced by the railways ministry in the new time table, of which six are running with a composition of 16 AC 3 Tier coaches and 2 power cars, the press release noted.
The railway minister is scheduled to flag off two Humsafar Express trains - Tirupati-Jammu Tawi (train No. 22705/22706) and Howrah-Vijayawada (20889/20890) from Vijayawada on Thursday. The remaining Humsafar trains will also be introduced in due course, the ministry said. Indian Railways plans to manufacture 10 Humsafar rakes in the current financial year at Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala.
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