Railways have introduced the new AC-3-tier Economy Class coach with reduced fare and state-of-art amenities. The service began Monday and for the first time, the coach has been attached to Prayagraj- Jaipur Express.
The Railway Ministry said, two more trains, New Delhi-Lucknow AC Special and Lucknow Mail will be augmented with this new 3-AC Economy coach. Initially, 50 new Economy coaches manufactured by Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, are ready to offer services in Mail and Express trains over different zones.
The new AC Economy coach has 83 berths as compared to 72 berths in 3-AC Coach. The fare structure for this coach is eight percent lesser as compared to 3-AC Coach.
Apart from the reduction in fare rate, there are a host of key features introduced in the new coaches. Some of them include the improved design of ladder for accessing the middle and upper berths; Individual reading lights and USB charging points are provided for each berth; improved design of the Indian and the Western-style lavatories; improved fire safety by ensuring compliance to world benchmark materials; the berths are integrated with illuminated berth indicators and night lights.
One of the most intriguing features is the installation of CCTV cameras for ensuring a better quality of security. The coaches will be 24*7 monitored under CCTV surveillance that aims to improve the safety of women passengers.
Provision of entry into the coach and disabled-friendly toilet in a wheelchair has been made. The improved and modular design of seats and berths have been made to improve comfort, reduce the weight of the coach and improve maintenance friendliness are all among the salient features.