By BizLED Bureau
Mar 14, 2016: In a move to modernize Indian Railways, the East Central Railway (ECR) wing devised a plan to replace the existing rail coaches with low-cost stainless steel coaches fitted with energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights. The 2016-17 railway budget is focussed on modernisation and improvement of civic amenities.
ECR sources that there are more than 2,500 AC and sleeper coaches requiring immediate replacement for maintaining safety and energy efficiency. Railways have already recommended the responsible teams to install eco-friendly LED lights in the new coaches. This will be a major move by the Railways department in energy savings. The sources further added that the currently used compact fluorescent light (CFL) will be phased out soon.
Recently, Railways have upgraded coaches in Rajdhani Express, one of the premium running trains in India. The newly designed coaches will be similar to Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches of Rajdhani Express with more riding comforts and low maintenance cost. Usage of low-cost stainless steel will be prevalent in these coaches.
The rail coach factory at Kapurthala in Punjab state has started manufacturing stainless steel, fireproof coaches to replace all old coaches. Railways are manufacturing fireproof AC and sleeper coaches based on the technology and design of the LHB coaches.
Former Railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav initiated the decision to manufacture fireproof railway coaches. Though the plan was approved under safety and modernization scheme of railways for a very long time, it is being implemented now. These fireproof coaches are being made of super fine stainless steel materials.
A policy decision was taken by Railways to replace the existing ICF Swiss coaches with LHB German coaches. This step is in the direction to enhance safety measures on running trains.