Aug. 14, 2014
-- Southern Railway has began changing old second class sleeper compartments in a number of express trains with three-tier AC coaches, resulting in a less quantity of second class sleeper coaches in lots of trains. Sources stated that serious talks were happening at the very top level within the railway board to exchange all of the second class compartments in express and fast trains with AC coaches over the following five-six years.
To start with, from Sunday, the S-2 sleeper class coach from the Ernakulam junction-Nizamuddin Mangala Express (train no 12617) was permanently changed by having an AC 3-tier coach (marked as B-4). The train had 11 sleeper coaches, three AC three-tier coaches and 2 AC two-tier coaches. Now, the most recent composition is 10 sleeper coaches, four three-tier AC coaches and 2 AC two-tier coaches.
The 2nd class sleeper ticket charge from Ernakulam to Nizamuddin for any passenger is Rs 925, while a 3-tier AC ticket would cost Rs 2,370.
"Essentially, the train lost 72 non-AC sleeper berths, liked by middleclass people. Individuals people who was simply allocated berths in S-2 compartments were provided space in tatkal quotas on Sunday. However, individuals who've reserved tickets for families will need to travel in separate compartments. We'll attempt to place them space within the same compartment though," stated a police officer from the office of Ernakulam railway area manager.
Sleeper coaches of two more train running with the condition are also changed with AC coaches. The S-7 sleeper class coach from the Chennai Egmore-Mangalore Central Express (train no.16859) was changed by having an AC chair vehicle coach (marked as D-4) from Sunday, as the S-9 sleeper class coach of Mangalore Central-Chennai Egmore Express (train no 16860) could be changed having a AC chair vehicle coach (marked as D-4) with effect from Tuesday.
"The railway board has introduced lower the amount of second class sleeper coaches being manufactured. Simultaneously, they're growing the output of AC coaches. The Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram railway divisions aren't approved any new second class sleeper coaches. And we've been forwarded to replace individuals compartments with three-tier AC coaches one-by-one,"
stated a senior officer in the Palakkad railway division.
This task indicates luxury journey for any portion of people, while additional financial burden for an additional section. "This could not just ensure better travel facilities, but additionally give heavy financial benefit for that Railway Board. The current sleeper coaches would then be utilized within the passenger trains, getting rid of middle berths," the officer stated.
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