Indian Railways Unveils Its First Shatabdi Express Train Under Its ‘Operation Swarn’ Programme

Indian Railways Unveils Its First Shatabdi Express Train Under Its ‘Operation Swarn’ Programme

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Date of Post: 07 Nov, 2017

New Delhi: The Railways unveiled its first Shatabdi Express train with upgraded comfort, enhanced hygiene, value-added features & improved interior under its ‘Operation Swarn’ programme. The train now has a complete new refurbished interior with colorful vinyl wrapped seats & on-board entertainment services like luxury trains. The train will run between Uttarakhand’s Kathgodam & New Delhi, covering a distance of 282 km.

Image Credit: Northern Railway

About The New Upgraded Train

  • The new version boasts with features like vibrant vinyl wrappings in doorways, gangways & luggage rack panels, while the compartment aisle has been earmarked with fluorescent strips for guidance of passengers.
  • The railways has also worked on the coach exterior by applying an anti-graffiti coating for enhanced protection and an all anti-abrasion permanent coating for the polished look of coach flooring.

The Train has upgraded the toilets with additional features in all coaches such as-

  • Dustbins
  • Personal seat covers
  • Automatic odour
  • Hygiene control system

Image Credit: Northern Railway

The Train With Luxury Type Train Features-

  • Emphasising On On-Board Entertainment, the railways has provided Wi-Fi hotspots in the train so that the passengers can enjoy HD streaming of entertainment over their smart mobile phones.
  • Also, special emphasis have been made with regard to upkeep of various passenger amenity fittings, and all the coaches have been provided with integrated Braille signages, Railway officials said.
  • It also plans to provide CCTV & GPS based passenger information system in all these coaches, a railway official said.
  • For better catering services, trolley service have now been introduced in the train.

Image Credit: Northern Railway

Aim’s Of The “Operation Swarn”

  • The “Operation Swarn” was undertaken by the Indian Railways in June with focus on 10 key areas –
    1. Punctuality
    2. Cleanliness
    3. Linen
    4. Coach interiors
    5. Toilets
    6. Catering
    7. Staff Behaviour
    8. Security
    9. Entertainment
    10. Housekeeping

Image Credit: Northern Railway

  • Regular feedback
  • Under this Operation Swarn, the Railways has planned to spend Rs 50 lakh on each train.
  • The Rs 25 crore venture covers 30 trains in total – 15 Rajdhani & 15 Shatabdi Express trains.
  • Railway has planned to progressively upgrade all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains of similar or higher standards by March 2018.

The 15 Rajdhani Express that would be covered under Operation Swarn include the ones plying to

  • Mumbai
  • Howrah
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Patna
  • Ranchi

Image Credit: Northern Railway

The 15 Shatabdi Expresses Running between

  • Howrah-Puri
  • New Delhi-Kanpur
  • New Delhi-Chandigarh
  • Howrah-Ranchi

Image Credit: Northern Railway

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