Sunday, August 19, 2012

Air Conditioned Double-Decker Train Delhi - Jaipur ready to roll

NEW DELHI: Those travelling to Jaipur from Delhi can look forward to a novel experience with the Railways ready with a double-decker, air-conditioned train on the route.

Railway minister Mukul Roy was scheduled to flag off the double-decker train service to the Pink City from Sarai Rohilla station in Delhi on Thursday but the launch was postponed due to the death of Congress leader and Cabinet minister Vilasro Deshmukh.

The train, which will be a daily service, is expected to cover the distance between the national capital and Jaipur in five hours. Railway officials said the train will leave Sarai Rohilla at 5.35 pm and reach Jaipur at 10.05 pm. The train will leave Jaipur at 5.55 am on its return journey.

The double-decker coach, being manufactured by the Kapurthala coach factory in Punjab, has a seating capacity of 120. Equipped with fully automatic doors, each coach has eight emergency windows and fire extinguishers near its door.

The coaches have been designed keeping both safety and passenger comfort in mind, a senior railway official said. Also, each coach will have a mini-pantry including fridge and microwave.

Railways got safety certification from the Commissioner of Railway Safety ( CRS) after meeting all requirements.

The operation of a double-decker train is not new for Railways. In 2010, former railway minister Mamata Banerjee had flagged off an AC double-decker service between Dhanbad and Howrah.

Double-decker services on Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Jaipur-Delhi routes were part of a slew of announcements in the railway budget 2011-12. But the services, the brainchild of Banerjee, failed to take off last year because of delay in manufacture of double-decker coaches and getting safety clearance.

The double-decker service between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is also expected to be launched this month.

Source: TOI 16th Aug 2012