Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience to the picturesque Araku valley in Visakhapatnam, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday inaugurated the new Vistadome coach which has glass roof, LED lights, GPS-based info system and rotating seats among other features.
While flagging off the train with Vistadome coaches between Visakhapatnam and Araku through video conferencing from Rail Sadan here, he said that the Vistadome coaches` features will enable tourists to enjoy scenic beauty along the journey.
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The 40-seat coach, manufacturing cost of which is Rs 3.38 crore, has electrically operated automatic sliding compartment doors, wide side door for physically challenged persons, toilets with ceramic tile flooring and walls with all fittings and good food services.
"It's a first of its kind in the country. It is our commitment to promote local and rural tourism. Araku valley is internationally famous and the ride from Visakhapatnam to Araku and back is something that tourists from all over India enjoy. Second coach will be flagged off by the end of this month," said ECoR chief public relations officer JP Mishra.
The tourists can now sit relaxed in their seats and get a clear view of the breath-taking Anantagiri ghat section, Lambasingi, Borra caves and the tunnels along the route, from the Vistadome coach, unlike the crammed train compartments.
Prabhu also laid the foundation stone for mechanised laundry at Visakhapatnam, which he said will significantly improve the quality of linen provided on the trains and would lead to enhanced passenger satisfaction.
Inaugurating the Life Line Express-Sindhudurg of Konkan Railway, he said it will be a great help to poor patients.
A function was also arranged at Visakhapatnam in which a number of public representatives including MP Kothapalli Geetha and several MLAs were present.