Published: September 15, 2018 2:19:07 am
After discontinuing First Class coaches in some Non-AC passenger trains, the Western railway (WR) plans to re-introduce these with further amenities. From Monday, the Mumbai Central-Surat Intercity Express may have a new First Class coach, General Seating Coach, with a seating capability of 100 passengers.
In 2015, the WR stopped including First Class coaches in some Gujarat-bound trains. The railways had stopped making the coaches in 1990 and people in use couldn’t be operated any extra. After First Class Monthly Season Ticket (MST) holders complained of discomfort, the railways determined to re-introduce the coaches.
“The coaches would have additional features, including designer vinyl wrapping on the exterior showcasing Warli paintings. They have refurbished toilets and improved flooring in the lavatories. Upper berths have been provided with decent cushioning and mobile chargers have also been included,” a senior WR official stated.
Passengers can be required to reserve seats and pay First Class fares to journey within the coach.
While the Intercity Express may have one coach from subsequent week, different passenger trains, together with Gujarat Express, Saurashtra Mail, Flying Ranee and Valsad quick, are anticipated to embody the coaches quickly. “While we have made only one coach, we would be making three more coaches in the next six months,” a railway official stated.
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