Indian railways premium gold coaches: Project Swarna

Indian railways premium gold coaches: Project Swarna

The railways will now deliver gold-standard coaches, meant for Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, to trains “patronised by the poorest of the poor”, a note from a meeting of senior railway board officials has said.
The upgradation work will be done under the project Swarna, which was launched last year to refurbish railway coaches but covered only the premium Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
“Project Swarna will be extended to the second level of trains. While selecting the trains, the approach must not be elitist. The trains which are patronised by the poorest of the poor must also be identified,” says the minutes from a meeting of senior railway board officials earlier this month.
Under the project, the railways gave its zones a free hand to spend as much as Rs 50 lakh per rake (set of coaches), which usually takes around Rs 30-35 lakhs, to develop and create “aesthetic” and “passenger friendly” coach interiors, officials said.
It was also decided in the meeting that the principal chief mechanical engineers of all zonal railways can identify mail and express trains that can be upgraded.
The upgrade will mean that passengers on board such trains will experience improvement in coach interiors, toilets, cleanliness, staff behaviour, catering, linen, punctuality, on-board entertainment, and security.
The first Swarna Rajdhani between New Delhi and Sealdah was launched in November 2017
To improve passenger experience, Ministry of Railways has decided to upgrade Premium Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains under ‘Project Swarna’. With improved passenger amenities, aesthetics and hygiene standards, country’s first Swarn Rajdhani (Train no 12313 New Delhi – Sealdah Rajdhani Express) was launched in New Delhi in November, 2017.
Under Project Swarna, a detailed programme to significantly improve passenger experience on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains has been planned in the following 10 dimensions: coach interiors, toilets, on-board cleanliness, punctuality, catering, linen, staff behaviour, security, on-board entertainment, real-time feedback.
For this programme, Ministry has formed nine teams of two officers, each from the Railway Board, to monitor the progress of work under each dimension of Project Swarna. Fourteen Rajdhani trains and 15 Shatabdi trains have been selected for the first phase of this project. Here’s a set of facilities that will be incorporated:
Complete interior painting with an aesthetic international colour scheme and LED lighting to improve illumination. Better hygiene by providing ‘auto janitor’ system in toilets.
Health faucets, stainless steel wash basins, improved soap dispenser and better quality dustbins, at carefully chosen locations for ergonomic convenience. Night signage for easy identifications of berth number for en-route entraining passengers.
Blanket covers for First AC passengers of two different colours to ensure separate covers in to and fro journey. Built in ladders for First AC passengers for easy access to upper berth.
CCTV cameras in doorway area and aisles to monitor any suspect activity with data storage. New design magazine bags with extra pocket for mobile to suit changing lifestyle. LED lighting over mirrors.
Vinyl wrapping of toilet doors for improved aesthetics. Epoxy coating in toilets, provisioning of extra mats in toilet to improve hygienic standards and to give a dry toilet to the passengers with improved cleanliness.
Polished commodes and basins to make them odour free in every trip. Three pilot coaches in service to gather passenger feedback and assess journey worthiness.
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