Indian Railway is going to introduce a new class of ‘Economy AC coaches’ that has fare, less than normal 3AC tariff.
It proposed to launch a new class of ‘Economy AC coaches to relieve travelers in sleeper coaches.
The idea is to introduce fully AC trains on select routes to provide AC comfort to maximum passengers. Besides AC-3, AC-2 and AC-1 classes, the proposed fully AC train will have three-tier 'Economy AC coaches' as part of the transformation exercise. The additional feature is automatic doors.
However, the passengers will not require blankets in the Economy AC class like other AC coaches.
“There will not be any chilling effect like in other AC classes and the temperature will be fixed around 24-25 degrees. The aim is to make the passengers comfortable and not make them feel the outside heat,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Currently Mail and Express trains have Sleeper, Third AC, Second AC and First AC classes while Rajdhani, Shatabdi and recently introduced Humsafar and Tejas trains that are fully air- conditioned.
The fully AC train with more Economy AC coaches is expected to cater to more passengers.
However, the details of the Economy AC class are to be worked out before deciding for manufacturing such coaches, said the official.
The recently launched Humsafar Express, comprising 3-AC coaches with its added features like reading materials, detachable boards, comfortable seats, mobile charging points, mirrors, luggage racks, family and baby-friendly seats and toilets etc. has become very popular.
Hope this new class of Economy AC coaches provides a comfortable travel to train passengers.
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