Indian trains to get glass ceilings

Indian trains to get glass ceilings

First carriages to be rolled out in Kashmir Valley

India’s rail operator is planning to introduce carriages with glass ceilings on scenic routes.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that the new luxury carriages are currently being developed at a factory in Tamil Nadu, and the Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) expects them to be operational by the end of this year.

According to IRCTC chairman & managing director, AK Manocha, the objective is to promote Indian rail tourism and attract more upscale tourists from both home and abroad.

“The first coach will be tagged in a regular train in the Kashmir Valley while the other two will be part of some train careening through the picturesque Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam,” Manocha was quoted saying by the PTI.

“There are some trains with glass ceiling in foreign countries, like Switzerland, which enjoy the patronage of tourists. We believe such coaches would also give a fillip to rail tourism in India.” As well as glass ceilings, the new carriages are billed as having more legroom and modern “infotainment” systems.

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