India Railways has already begun its foray into the world of Semi High Speed Trains via Train 18, Gatimaan Express and Tejas Express. Railway Board’s Member of Rolling Stock Rajesh Agarwal while speaking to the media had said that the introduction of domestically designed Vande Bharat Express (Train 18) is a game changer in the rail transport sector.
India Railways is now prepared to keep the ball rolling with the introduction of Train 19, with a set of sleeper version coaches in the year 2019. He also mentioned that the Production Units of Indian Railways have been teethed to the Industry 4.0 stage and has attained the capacity and skills to design Metro coaches both for domestic and export usage. In the view of enhancing the comfort of the passenger, several actions have been taken which include the new Quick Watering system. Old coaches have been refurbished under Project ‘Utkrist’ to bring about a change in the look and tweak the comfort levels as well.
Mr. Agarwal also mentioned that there has been a thrust to improve the cleanliness and hygiene at the railway stations and Indian Railways is trying to fix the Bio-Toilets in a big way which is targeted to cover all coaches by 2019. He also discussed the need to increase the speed of Intercity trains, and that the conventional coaches were going to be replaced with EMU rakes equipped with Automatic door system.
He announced that the manufacturing of existing standard coaches from ICF was going to be stopped. Indian Railways is looking at ways to enhance the safety of the customer, and all the existing coaches will be gradually replaced with LHB coaches.
Agarwal stated that the Freight business is the primary source of revenue for Indian Railways and for optimising utilisation of wagons, a Regional Management System has been introduced which enables all-time availability of Wagons for freight loading.