'Anubhuti' coaches with aircraft-like features to replace Shatabdi's chair carsLast updated on Dec 10, 2017, 12:06 am
Indian Railways is all set to give its passengers an exquisite 'Anubhuti', through new luxury coaches of Shatabdi Express trains.
Complete with plush upholstery, designer bio toilets, diffused lighting, and infotainment systems, the 56-seater coaches have been designed to provide maximum comfort to travelers, much like airplanes.
Each Anubhuti coach will cost the government Rs. 2.84 crore
Anubhuti coaches are expected to replace AC first-class executive chair-car coaches in a few Shatabdi trains either by December-end or January 2018.
Ten Anubhuti coaches have been manufactured by Chennai's Integral Coach Factory this year each at the cost of Rs. 2.84 crore.
The travel fare hasn't been decided yet but it is most likely to be 20-25% more than the current ticket price.
Anubhuti coaches also cater to the needs of the visually-impaired
The Anubhuti coaches take special care to fulfil your needs.
Its cushioned recliner seats are designed in 2+2 configuration, each with an LCD screen, a USB mobile-charging socket, a reading light and attendant call facility, the button for which is provided below the luggage rack.
The modular bio-toilets have touch-free taps and the seat-number stickers are braille-integrated to facilitate the visually-impaired.
It's to be decided which trains will have Anubhuti coaches
Each coach has display boards that will keep flashing important information such as the next station, distance covered/remaining, and the train's speed.
Though it hasn't yet been decided which trains will have Anubhuti coaches, Shatabdi routes such as Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Jaipur are being considered.
The coaches have anti-graffiti coatings to make sure they don't suffer scratches and can handle wear and tear.