RAIL MIN­IS­TER HAS A LIT­TLE OF EV­ERY­THING FOR EV­ERY­ONE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

From pro­vid­ing pas­sen­gers travel in­sur­ance and chang­ing boards on trains for moth­ers with in­fants to 50% berth quota for se­nior cit­i­zens and Braille-en­abled coaches, rail­way min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu’s se­cond bud­get had some­thing for ev­ery­one.

To en­sure a has­sle-free travel ex­pe­ri­ence, Prabhu an­nounced three ser­vices cus­tomised for dif­fer­ent classes of pas­sen­gers.

For the com­mon man, the rail­ways will in­tro­duce a su­per­fast un­re­served train called An­ty­o­daya Ex­press.

To f acil­i­tate un­re­served travel, two to four ‘Deen Day­alu’ coaches will be added in some long-dis­tance trains. The coaches will have potable wa­ter and sev­eral mo­bile charg­ing points.

For those look­ing for some lux­ury, there will be Te­jas and Hum­sa­far -- trains run­ning at 130 kilo­me­tre per hour with world­class on-board fa­cil­i­ties such as mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment screens, WiFi and lo­cal cui­sine.

The rail­ways also plans to in­vite FM ra­dio sta­tions for pro­vid­ing train-borne en­ter­tain­ment by in­stalling pub­lic ad­dress sys­tems. “Th­ese will be pre­mium fa­cil­i­ties and pas­sen­gers opt­ing for th­ese ser­vices will have to pay more,” said AK Mit­tal, chair­man of the rail­way board.

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