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‘Smart coaches’ for more comfortable journey

Indian railways is planning to introduce `smart coaches’ with state-of-the-art facilities.

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NEW DELHI: Train journeys could soon become a more comfortable with the railways planning to launch all-new `smart coaches’ where travellers can avail of efficient ways of finding journey-related information along with more on-board comfort.

With plush interiors, the `smart coaches’ will have GPS-based wake up alarm and LED-based reservation charts and berth indicators in reserved compartments along with Wi-Fi facility.

Like in aeroplanes, the coaches will be equipped with passenger information systems with audio announcements in the day time and also interactive voice-based assistance from the train conductor.

For enhanced comfort, there will be an on-board vending machine for water, coffee, tea and other drinks.
The coaches conceptualised by the railways will be fitted with laptop mobile phone charging points for each passenger, automatic doors and microprocessor-based AC units.

Modular bio-toilets will be fitted with sensorised taps and flushing systems, automatic soap dispensers and hand dryers. There will also be toilet engagement indicators.

The `smart coaches’ initiative is likely to be announced in the Railway Budget to be presented in Parliament later this month.

With focus on safety and security, there will be CCTV surveillance system and automatic fire and smoke detection and suppression systems.

Source : The Times of India