2nd May, 2002
Ministry of Railways


Railways have taken action to upgrade the coach manufacturing technology to derive benefit of higher passenger comfort, safety and lower cost of maintenance and operation by purchasing 24 state-of-the-art coaches from M/s ALSTOM LHB alsong with transfer of technology to manufacture these coaches in the country. These coaches have state-of-the-art features for improved passenger comfort and safety like flexi coil suspension bogies, noise insulated flooring with anti drumming feature, fibre reinforced Panels, modular toilets with electronic fitting and controlled discharge toilet, centre buffer coupler with anti climbing feature, stainless steel body etc.

A competition was recently held at New Delhi in which such coaches were displayed. All suggestions made by various workshops and Production Units are now under scrutiny. Features found approximate for adoption in global basis will be advised to Zonal Railways and Production Units for incorporation during overhaul/new manufacture. Also, an improved version of existing Second Class coaches has been launched as Jan Shatabdi coaches, which have upper class like features. These have been designed in-house by Indian Railways. The coaches of new design are expected to be brought out within the current financial year.

This information was given by Shri O.Rajagopal, Minister of State for Railways in a written reply to a question by Shri Ramchandra Paswan in the Lok Sabha today

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