Date of Post: 05 Nov, 2018
Railways has rolled out first upgraded coaches under Project Utkrisht on the Pune-Mumbai Pragati Express. “The first upgraded coaches under Project Utkrisht have been rolled out on the Pune-Mumbai Pragati Express, with State-of-the-art amenities, automatic odour control systems & aesthetic paintings depicting our rich cultural heritage, providing a more fulfilling travel experience,” Railway minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.
The Central Railway Board has approved a project of upgrading existing rakes covers, upgradation of toilets, vinyl wrapping in interiors, upgraded interior amenities and fresh PU paint of each coach.
- The Pragati Express 12125/26, rake has been refurbished with many new features as follows-
- ceramically tiled washrooms for better cleanliness
- upgraded toilet amenities
- and custom designed window ventilators in washrooms for air circulation
- Led lights
- new fans in all coaches
- passenger info system in AC coaches are some of the other upgraded amenities
- The Central Railways said in an official statement, “Each coach has a different, pleasing interior with color coordinated vinyl film wall patterns and interior paint.”
- It added, the Central Railways has 5 trains (10 rakes) identified for upgradation under the Utkrisht project.
- Upgradation of each rake is expected to cost about Rs.60 lakh.
- The Railways has also designed and displayed a special Utkrisht logo on each coach of the upgraded Pragati Express.
- Pragati Express was introduced on December 27, 1991 and from July 7, 2012, it was diverted via Karjat-Panvel-Diva on a trial basis, and from July 31 the same year, the diversion was made permanent.
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