- Auto janitor feature in trains clean and deodorise toilets automatically
- 14 Rajdhani, 15 Shatabdi trains to have improved hygiene standards
- Faucets, stainless steel wash basins, soap dispensers part of the new coach
New Delhi: If using a washroom in a train is your biggest nightmare than it is time to get over it. Ministry of Railways launched the first Swarna Rajdhani (Train No. 12314 New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani) on November 29. Indian Railways unveiled the new look of Rajdhani Express with Swarna coaches and aims to implement the same features in other trains. 14 Rajdhani trains and 15 Shatabdi trains will be upgraded under project Swarna. With 10 new developments in Rajdhani, government aims to improve passenger experience with better comfort, hygiene and value-added features.
Ministry of Railways launched 1ST Swarna Rajdhani ( Train no 12314 New Delhi- Sealdah Rajdhani) rake today.A Major Leap in Improving Passenger Experience on Rajdhani Trains:14 Rajdhani Trains & 15 Shatabdi Trains will be upgraded under Project Swarna. pic.twitter.com/1C62BChblt
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 29, 2017
From LED lights to CCTV cameras in doorway, there is a lot that will make travelling in Rajdhani an even better experience, but what stands out of all the features is ‘auto janitor’ system in toilets. As the name suggests, auto janitor feature automatically cleans and deodorises toilets. These are equipped to kill germs and provide an odour free experience. The main aim of the auto janitor is to provide better hygiene.
Apart from this, provisioning of extra mats, epoxy coating in toilets have been done to improve hygiene standards and to give a dry toilet to the passengers with improved cleanliness. Commodes and basins are also polished to make them odour free in every trip. In a bid to improve the aesthetics, toilet doors have vinyl wrapping.
Health faucets, stainless steel wash basins, improved soap dispensers, better quality dustbins and carefully chosen locations for ergonomic convenience are a part of the new coaches.
An expenditure of Rs. 35 lakhs has gone into this which breaks it down to Rs. 2 lakh per coach.
The train, the first of its kind, and also has improved features like new design magazine bags with extra-pockets, night signage for easy identification of berth numbers, blanket covers for first AC passengers of two different colours to ensure separate cover in to and fro journey, built in ladders for first AC passengers for access to upper berth, LED lighting, interior painting, and CCTV cameras.
This is not the first time the government has done something like this. Earlier this year, Indian Railways planned to opt for disposable eco-friendly towels, pillow covers made from biodegradable cotton. The measure is being adopted on a trial basis on the recently introduced Rajdhani between Bandra Terminus and Hazrat Nizamuddn of Western Railways.
As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, railways have taken up the task of providing human discharge free bio-toilets in all its coaches to make the entire railway track a green corridor by 2020. Last year, steps were taken to enhance green corridors and 175km was added to the green corridors.