Tipu Exp now has on-board infotainment

Railway officials and passengers during the launch of ‘on board infotainment’ at Tipu Express train in Mysore on Saturday. dh photo

Each of the coaches of the train, which run between Mysore and Bangalore, has been fitted with four LCD/LED anti-glare screens with 179 viewing angles that will be placed in a bidirectional way for the benefit of passengers and promises a mix of information and entertainment from April 23. This is the fourth train in the division to be equipped with the GPS-based hi-tech system.

Interacting with the media on Saturday, SWR’s Mysore Divisional Railway Manager, B B Verma, said apart from entertainment programmes, two documentaries on security aspects that help passengers and facilities available in the station will be aired.

Most importantly, passengers will get prior information of the next stations.
Similar service was recently launched on Siddaganga Express (Bangalore-Hubli-Dharwad-Bangalore) and Shimoga inter-city (Bangalore-Shimoga-Bangalore). Mysore division has the credit of being the first to embrace the system in its Chamundi Express in August, last year. The fifth train to be covered in future is the Mysore-Shimoga inter-city train.

Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu, SWR’s Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Mysore division, said the authorities decided to extend the infotainment service to other trains after the positive response in Chamundi Express.

According to a survey conducted by the Railways, 96 per cent of the people travelling in Chamundi Express were overwhelmed by the facility. The remaining four per cent passengers travelling in air-conditioned coaches found the volume to be too high. The issue has been addressed in Tipu with a automatic system that adjusts the volume based on the speed of the train.

It’s a zero investment project that guarantees a revenue of Rs 25 lakh per annum in the form of licence fee to the Railways. The fee will increase by 13 per cent every year, Sadhu said.

Chandrashekar , Managing Director of Focus Global Group, the service providers and R K Gupta, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, SWR, Mysore division, were present.

Security on airport lines

The proposed integrated security system at the railway station here is expected to be a reality this year, with the head office floating tenders for the project.

DRM, B B Verma said the process might take about four months and once the agency was finalised, the work would begin. The project was approved in 2010 for Bangalore and Mysore. The security system will be similar to that in airports and every passenger and luggage will be screened. The existing system includes CCTV cameras placed at strategic locations, besides Gover- ­­­nment Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force personnel on round-the-clock vigil.

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