IRCTC Announces Major Upgrades to all AC-III Tier Coaches

Imagine a Coffee and Tea vending machine rather than asking from a seller in Indian Railways!!! Aimed at enhancing the passenger comfort in the train, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has come up with new implementation plans. Till now, the IRCTC has come up with many new services to improve facilities in Indian Railways, and now they aimed to AC (Air Condition) coaches.

A Coffee and Tea Vending Machine, CCTV, GPS-based passenger information system and vibrant colour signature scheme is goingss to adorn the AC-III tier coaches which will be flagged off from the mid of November. All these new coaches would be manufactured at Rail Coach Factory in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.

As per the reports, the changes will initially be deployed as the part of Humsafar service which is known as a special class service comprising only for AC-III tier coaches. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has announced the tentative route scheduled to start the service, i.e., between Delhi and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

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The upcoming new features also include

  • A GPS-based information system of passenger above each door of the coach, fire and smoke detector and an automatic room fresher dispenser.
  • An airline-like light bars embedded on each seat indicating upper, middle and lower berths. This system is going to replace the stencilled numbers on the walls.
  • Bathroom walls are going to coated with Gel to make them ‘Graffiti Proof’.
  • Curtains will be arranged for each side berths as well as for the passage and which is currently available for only higher classes as of now.

Last year, Indian Railways invited major food chain ‘KFC’ to sign for its e-catering service where people can pre-order their favourite KFC dishes by phone for delivery at major stations. Earlier, Indian Railways has introduced Water ATM’s at stations through which people can collect the water for one rupee to five rupees.

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The government also announced a US $137 bill which is a five-year modernisation plan that includes introducing free WIFI at some stations in partnership with Google. The company claims that the service will cover nearly 100 stations by the end of this year.


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