CHANDIGARH: Passengers travelling between Delhi and Chandigarh will soon have the facilities of Wi-Fi, LCD screen, USB charging facility, and bio-toilets as the first Tejas Express train manufactured in the country— which will travel at a speed of 160 km per hour— will be handed over to the Northern Railway on May 15 by the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Kapurthala.
Sources said the train can touch the speed of 200 km per hour. The first rake consisting of 19 coaches including 16 air-conditioned chair cars and two executive chair cars besides one power coach will be handed over to the Northern Railway by May 15. While the chair car coach will have 78 seats, the executive class coach will have 56 seats.
A senior railway official said it is expected the newly designed coaches will run on the track by this month end but the final decision is to be taken by the railway board.
Earlier it was decided that this high speed train will run between Mumbai and Goa but now it is learnt that it will run between Delhi and Chandigarh.
The third train in this series will run between Surat and Mumbai as the next two rakes are being manufactured and will be rolled out of the factory by March next year. The cost of each coach of this train is Rs 3.25 crore and has been built in six months.
There will be automatic plug doors on this train which will provide better sound and heat insulation and these doors will be controlled from the guard panel.
The train will have the same bio toilets that are installed in airplanes. The flush system will have vacuum evacuation besides sensor taps and soap dispenser will be placed.
The train will have Wi-Fi and bell at each seat like in planes so that the attendant can be called for any help.