The Indian Railways is all set to induct about 40000 revamped coaches at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 Cr to provide world-class comfort to passengers.
The new coaches will reportedly come with improved interiors and upgraded facilities. The coaches will be retrofitted with refurbished interiors, improved seating arrangement and newly designed bio-toilets among other facilities.
• The total estimated cost of retrofitting would be about Rs 30 lakh per coach.
• The target is to complete the process of refurbishing of coaches with improved interiors and modern facilities in the next five years.
• The aim is to make 40,000 revamped coaches available in the railway fleet by 2023.
• The work plan includes completion of refurbishing work in at least 1000 coaches in the current fiscal year.
• The number is expected to increase to 3000 coaches in the next fiscal and 5500 coaches in subsequent years.
• Railways is also expected to manufacture 15000 new coaches with modern features between 2018-19 and 2022-23 periods.
Besides this, the Indian railways will also be strengthening safety features in all of its existing conventional coaches by equipping them with centre buffler couplers (CBC), a strong coupler system to prevent capsizing during accidents. It would cost about Rs 28 lakh to equip CBC in a coach.
While LHB coaches manufactured at Kapurthala and Raebareli factories are equipped with centre buffler couplers, the conventional coaches manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai do not have them.