Pune: The Pune railway division has given a new look to Pune-Secunderabad Shatabdi Express by changing its interior and exterior. The train will showcase the cultural heritage, including the folk arts, of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and will have additional features such as CCTV cameras and Wi-Fi from Monday.
Moreover, the train will have an ultra-modern Anubhuti coach. The composition of Shatabdi Express after augmentation of Anubhuti coach will be nine AC chair cars and one Anubhuti coach.
The Shatabdi Express train number 12025 departs from Pune at 5.50 am and arrives in Secunderabad at 2.20 pm. On its return journey, the train number 12026 departs from Secunderabad at 2.45 pm and arrives in Pune at 11.10 pm.
“The Pune railway division has changed the interior and exterior of all 10 coaches of the train under 'Project Gold'. The interior decoration of the train coaches has been made very attractive and eye-catching and will give passengers an enjoyable experience during the journey. The coaches will be formally rolled out in the presence of MP Anil Shirole at a grand public event to be organised at the Pune station before the train's departure at 05.50 am on December 25,” said Manoj Jhawar, the spokesperson of the Pune railway division.
“Earlier, the coaches did not look so attractive. Now, the designer vinyl wrapping inside the coaches gives a beautiful look. A red carpet has also been laid in the passage. Two room fresheners each have been installed in all coaches. Moreover, two CCTV cameras each have been installed in all coaches, along with new mobile charging holders, attractive screens, disposable headrests, LED reading lamps and digital clocks,” said Jhawar.
For the convenience of passengers, a Wi-Fi zone has been provided in the executive class, so that these passengers can enjoy songs, films through their mobiles, laptops, tabs, etc, he added.
“The display boards provide details about various facilities for passengers. The look of toilets has also been improved with tiles, branded high-quality fittings, dustbins, mats, and soap dispensers, etc,” said Jhawar.
Facilities for visually challenged
Visually challenged passengers always find it difficult to locate their seats. The Pune railway division has considered their needs and provided special facilities. For them, seat number stickers have been installed in Braille script.
The train has an Anubhuti coach with following features:
*Ergonomically designed seats
*Improved modular toilets with hands-free taps
*Automatic IC sliding doors
*Overhead reading light for individual seat
*GPS-based passenger system
*Diffused LED lighting
*Special exterior painting with anti-graffiti coating
*Higher speed potential