The first ever bullet train project, E5 Shinkansen series of trains is all set to go into service on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor. Indian Railways passengers can look forward to an entirely new kind of toilet system — urinals, western style toilets with hot water and washing closet seat facility and separate washrooms for men and women equipped with triple mirrors for make-up.
The train will also have baby changing rooms comprising baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink for children for washing hands.
The 731-seater E5 series Shinkansen bullet train, a new generation Japanese high speed train, will also have multi- purpose room to be used for breast feeding and also for sick passengers and there will be two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers in the 10-coach high speed train.
"Facilities of separate rest rooms and toilets for men and women while introducing wall mounted type urinals for men in the high speed train are in the offing for the first time in Indian Railways," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Urinals and toilets will be installed in alternate coaches in the train. For example, toilets will be installed in coach number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while urinals will be available in coach number 2, 4, 6 and 8. The restrooms for men and women will also be allocated in a similar manner.
The bullet train will have business class and standard class. While the train will have 698 seats for Standard class, 55 seats will be earmarked for Business class.
The bullet train will take about 2 hours 7 minutes to travel 508-km distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Most of the corridor will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, of which 7 km will be under sea.
Indian Railways will invest Rs 9,800 crore in the high- speed rail project and the remaining cost will be borne by the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Railways is gearing up to acquire 25 E5 Shinkasen series bullet trains from Japan at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore for the Narendra Modi government’s first bullet train project.