Four new trains introduced

 Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday introduced four new train services—Humsafar, Tejas and Uday—for reserved passengers and Antyodaya Express for unreserved passengers.

Humsafar would be fully air conditioned, third A-C service with an optional service for meals, while Tejas on the other hand will showcase the future of train travel in India. Tejas will operate at speed of 130 kmph and above, it will offer onboard service, such as entertainment, local cuisine and wi-fi through service providers, while ensuring accountability and improved customer satisfaction. Humsafar and Tejas will ensure cost-recovery by way of tariff and non-tariff measures.

Railways will also introduce overnight double-decker—Utkrisht Double Decker Air-Conditioned Yatri (Uday) Express on the busiest routes, which has the potential to increase carrying capacity by almost 40%. Antyodaya Express would be a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service for the common man to be operated on dense routes.

The minister also said railways would also add two to four Deen Dayalyu coaches in some long-distance trains for unreserved travel to enhance the carrying capacity for the people.

These coaches will also have facility for potable drinking water and a higher number of mobile charging points.

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