Sep 29, 2016

IR likely to commission Tejas Train sets by Feb-2017

Tejas Train to give impetus to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’; focuses on better passenger amenities!

Kapurthala: The first coach of the Railway’s premium offering – the premium Tejas brand of trains – has been built at the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala and is expected to be put on trial soon. According to RCF officials, the coach will be sent to the Indian Railways to decide on which section the 130 kmph coach will be tested. According to the current schedule, officials said the train is likely to be commissioned by the Railways in February next year. The Railways plan to make three such rakes, said officials.
One of the biggest challenges, officials said, would be fitting television screens on the back of the seats, a unique initiative that has not been done on Indian trains previously. However, it is yet to be ascertained how these enhanced features will perform at top speeds. Officials, however, said the first coach built do not have TV screens fitted into the seats yet. The blue and yellow seats have an ergonomic design and provide a high level of comfort as compared to the seats fitted in the higher class coaches of trains currently.

The Tejas train is positioned for the business traveller who is willing to pay more for superior travelling comforts, said railway officials. The nine sectors identified by the Railways that will attract passengers for Tejas include Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabad. Officials said no specific route has been chosen for the Tejas rake.

Tejas will operate at speeds of 130 kmph and above and offer onboard services such as entertainment, local cuisine, WiFi. Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including entertainment screens for each passenger along with phone socket and LED boards for communicating safety instructions. There will be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps and hand driers; will have CCTVs, and fire and smoke detection and suppression system.