CHENNAI: Integral Coach Factory (ICF) on Thursday rolled out the first two of the Military AC II tier coaches for the defence personnel as part of an order tendered by the Ministry of Defence. ICF General Manager Ashok Kumar Agarwal and Major General Umamaheshwar, VSM, Additional Directorate, General Strategic movement Integrated HQ, Ministry of Defence( Army) flagged off the coaches in an event held at ICF.
ICF had bagged the order in March last year to supply 40 specially designed Tier II air conditioned coaches and 32 Military Langer (pantry) cars.
Speaking at the launch, ICF GM, Ashok Kumar Agarwal said, “These coaches have more or less the same features of a standard AC two tier coach and are designed to accommodate the comfort level of troops who are always on the move.”
One of the main features of the coaches include enhanced water storage capacity so as to help the troops in long time sustenance without supplies. Besides this, all the lighting is of LED leading to less power being consumed and an additional diesel generators in the pantry units to give power to one additional coach beside it.
Apart from these, minor enhancements such as RO plant with dispenser, bio retention plants for the toilets, charging point on each berth, LED based lighting, Public Address system, Mini office cabin, chest for storing documents,additional inter vehicular coupler for connecting power car are adde to the standard configuration of AC TIER II coaches, ICF officials said.