Indian’s can very soon experience luxurious travel experience on coaches with a glass ceiling. As per IRCTC, the new coaches will be introduced with an attempt to modernize the old- fashioned passenger and express trains in the country to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad. Apart from featuring glass ceiling, these trains will also have ample leg space and modern infotainment systems.
Luxury trains will definitely be a game-changer in Indian train tourism sector. Indian railway also operates a number of luxury trains which cater to various tourist circuits throughout India. The success of tourist trains like Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey etc. shows the scope of luxury train tourism development in our country.
The new train coaches with glass top ceiling have been jointly designed by IRCTC, the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), and Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur (Chennai), and will be introduced in selected trains from December this year. These coaches are being manufactured at an estimated cost of around Rs. 4 crore.
As per sources, the first coach will be tagged in a regular train in the Kashmir Valley while the other two will be part of some train careening through the picturesque Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam. Such trains have been introduced in foreign countries like Switzerland, which enjoy the patronage of tourists. The first such coach is expected to be rolled out in the month of October 2016 itself. The coaches will be ultra luxurious with rotatable chairs to provide the passengers an aerial view through the partly glass ceiling.