Focusing on the passenger’s expectations and to modernise rail-network in the country, Indian Railways has now taken the help of technology and have provided a number of passengers amenities in trains and at Stations. As a part of the Digital Railway initiative, Ministry of Railways is focusing to set up one of the world’s largest digital display networks in India.
To help the passengers who are physically challenged, senior citizens and patients travelling in trains, Indian Railways has provided 67 Lifts & Escalators at different stations in its network.To maintain cleanliness and hygiene during train journey and also to keep the railway track free from human waste, 34,000 bio-toilets have been fitted in train coaches in 2016-17 fiscal instead of 36, 000 provided in last six years.
To facilitate the passengers who are differently abled, Indian Railways has provided 150 toilets. 20 Stations in IR network have this facility at all platforms. As a part of the steps to improve hygiene and sanitation, 157 trains have been provided with On-Board Housekeeping Service (OBHS) making a total of 830 trains in railway network. Heights of 84 platforms in Mumbai area have been raised.
1313 Stations have been provided with 100% LED lights in 2016-17 financial year against 65 Stations in previous year. Similarly, Energy Audit was conducted at 205 Stations.
Expanding the high speed Internet network facility for Rail Users, Indian Railways has provided Wi-Fi services at 100 Stations in it’s network in 2016-17 fiscal as against only 15 in previous year.
Keeping in mind demand from passengers segment and to provide journey facilities to the commuters, Indian Railways have introduced 87 New Train Services, Extended the services of 51 trains and increase the frequency of 05 trains during the last year which includes 04 Humsafar Express, 02 Antyodaya Trains, 10 DEMU Trains and 05 MEMU Trains.
Apart from this, to clear the waitlisted passengers in regular trains, Indian Railways hads augmented 586 additional coaches permanently in regular trains in 2016-17 by generating 43,420 berths. These apart, 31438 trips of special trains have been provided during this fiscal to avoid seasonal rush of passengers.
Giving priority to local demands, Indian Railways has provided 293 stoppages for different trains in its network at different places. 350 trains have been speeded up and 104 trains have been converted into the super fast express trains in last financial year.
34 Pairs of trains have been replaced with LHB Coaches by utilising 42 LHB rakes. Capacity of reserved berths increased to 50 crores by adding about 01 crore more berths in 2016-17 financial year. Apart from this, 4 MW of Solar Power Capacity System have been installed in 2016-17 financial year as against 10 MW installed upto 2015. These apart, order placed for additional 78 MW Solar Power Capacity.