boost to PM Modi’s visionary scheme of ‘Make in India’, Indian Railways, just
ahead of the Union Budget 2018, has plans to elevate Indian trains to
world-class status with two sets of trains manufactured at ICF, Chennai, Train
18 and Train 20.
to the local media, ICF has confirmed the roll-out timelines for these two
sets. As the names themselves are self-explanatory, Train 18 will be ready in
2018 and the other one in 2020. June 2018 is said to be deadline for Train 18.
say, the facilities available in these two modern trains will be upgraded ones
like air-conditioned chair car-type and it will offer better travel experience
to the passengers than what Shatabdi gives. It is also said that Train 20 will
be able to replace Rajdhanis on key routes and it will be a sleeper-class type,
suitable for overnight travel.
The idea to
develop these modern train sets was an outcome of the “Rail Vikas Shivir” that
was organised by Indian Railways in 2016.
One rake of Train 18 will
be ready by June this year and it will consist of 16 coaches. Train 18’s route
has not been decided yet. “That is a call that the Railway Board will take,”
the ICF official said.