ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS New Delhi: Railway minister Piyush Goyal on Friday launched three projects which will enhance passenger experience and modernise Indian Railways. Goyal announced hat all Mountain Railways of Indian Railways will now have Vistadome Coaches. The latest addition of Vistadome coach is in Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
It may be noted that order for a hundred Vistadome coaches has been given to the concerned production unit of Indian Railways. Also, in order to impart airport like look to the station, 190 stations have been illuminated with LED lighting. This will also ensure better security of the passengers.
500 railway stations have been identified for illumination at par with airport standard. Out of 190 stations selected for improvement, till date 100 stations have already been upgraded and work at other stations is going on at a rapid pace. They are also likely to be completed by April this year.
Indian Railways has a number of scenically beautiful routes and Vistadome coaches have been designed to provide a panoramic view to the passengers while enhancing their travelling comfort on these routes. These coaches have large windows on the sides and glass panels on the roof to provide a better viewing experience. Three Vistadome coaches are running between Dadar and Madgoan, in Araku Valley and in Kashmir Valley. Four hill railways have already been provided with Vistadome coaches as well.
In total 13 Vistadome coaches are presently available:
Darjeeling Railway – 4 coaches
Kalka Shimla Railway – 2 coaches
Kangra Valley Railway – 1 coach
Matheran Hill Railway – 1 coach
Now, 2 MG coaches have been modified to Vistadome coach by Golden Rock Workshop, Tiruchirappalli for Nilgiri Mountain Railway. With this addition, now all 5 hill railways will have Vistadome coaches. These projects together will provide a better experience to passengers, enhance digital connectivity and will help Indian Railways become the growth engine of New India. The minister also launched the e-Office project. This project is a Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Programme of the Government of India. The project aims to usher in more efficient, effective and transparent inter-government and intra-government transactions and processes.
Indian Railways will now shift from manual filing system to E-office for its day to day activities. RailTel, a Miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, has taken up the work of implementing the e-Office system for Indian Railways. The project will benefit millions of employees of Indian Railways. It will enhance transparency, increase accountability, and promotes innovation.