Rajdhani and Shatabdi, two very important trains in the railway network, are in for a makeover October this year. Among the many amenities to be introduced will be trolley service for catering, more civil and better-informed staff and onboard entertainment.
With an aim of providing better travel experience to its passengers, the Indian Railways is venturing on an overall makeover of 30 trains-15 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi- at an approximate expenditure of Rs 25 crore.
Earmarking the festive season starting from the month of October, the railways have initiated a three-month programme under Project Swarn (gold) to renovate coach interiors, toilets and improve cleanliness and hygiene.
The persistent complaints with respect to catering, punctuality of arrival and departure timings, hygiene and sanitation facilities, and quality of linen are what gave impetus to the plan which has a three-month timeline at hand as an officer from the ministry pointed out.
A tighter and more trustworthy security system with adequate escort personnel by RPF is also one of the goals of the project.
Rajdhani Express meant for Mumbai, Howrah, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar are among the 15 Rajdhani trains selected for service upgradation.
Shatabdi trains of Howrah-Puri, New Delhi-Chandigarh, New Delhi-Kanpur, Howrah-Ranchi, Anand Vihar-Kathgodam are among the 15 trains selected for the makeover exercise.