The Indian Railways has made the decision to manufacture non-AC Vande Sadharan trains in order to cater to a larger number of patrons. These trains will provide sleeper and general facilities for long-distance journeys, ensuring a comfortable travel experience for passengers.
Features and Amenities
Similar to the Vande Bharat train coaches, the non-AC Vande Sadharan train coaches will be equipped with modern amenities. These include bio vacuum toilets, a passenger information system, and charging ports at every seat. The trains will also have an automatic door system to enhance convenience. Additionally, to improve passenger safety, CCTV cameras will be installed in each coach.
Responding to criticism regarding the perceived elitism and higher fares of the Vande Bharat trains, the government has decided to introduce the Vande Sadharan trains with non-AC facilities. This move aims to provide a standard fare service that is accessible to a wider range of passengers.
Manufacturing and Cost
The production of these trains will take place at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, with an estimated cost of Rs 65 crore. The first set of trains is expected to be rolled out within the next six months.
The Vande Sadharan trains will consist of 24 LHB coaches and will be hauled by two locomotives, one at the front and one at the rear. The push-pull method will be employed to increase the acceleration rate of the train, ensuring efficient and speedy travel.