Good news for train passengers as they will soon have an option of traveling in a new class of ‘Economy AC coaches’ with fares less than normal third AC tariff. The proposed fully AC train will have three-tier Economy AC coaches besides AC-3, AC-2, and AC-1 classes as part of the transformation exercise. An added feature would be automatic doors.
However, the passengers might not require blankets in the Economy AC class like other AC coaches as the temperature will be kept around 24-25 degree Celsius. There will not be any chilling effect like in other AC classes and the temperature will be fixed around 24-25 degrees. The aim is to make the passengers comfortable and not make them feel the outside heat, said a senior Railway Ministry official, as per reports.
The trains will have catering facility as well. As of now Mail and Express trains have Sleeper, Third AC, Second AC and First AC classes. Only Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Humsafar and Tejas trains are fully air-conditioned. As part of its modernization drive, the Indian Railways aims to introduce new fully AC trains on select routes so that more passengers can travel in luxury. While existing facilities in trains and stations are being upgraded, the Railways has created a special cell to oversee the modernization process.