Train passengers will soon have option of travelling in a new class of ‘Economy AC coaches’ with fares less than normal third AC tariff. The proposed fully AC train will have three-tier Economy AC coaches besides AC-3, AC-2 and AC-1 classes as part of the transformation exercise. An added feature would be automatic doors.
However, the passengers might not require blankets in the Economy AC class like other AC coaches as the temperature will be around 24-25 degree-celsius. Currently Mail and Express trains have Sleeper, Third AC, Second AC and First AC classes while Rajdhani, Shatabdi the Humsafar and the Tejas are fully air-conditioned.
The railways is exploring an idea to introduce fully AC trains on select routes, aiming to provide comfort by facilitating AC travel for maximum passengers. An exercise has been undertaken for a transformation in service by upgrading existing facilities in trains and stations and a separate cell has been created by the Railways for this.
“There will not be any chilling effect like in other AC classes and the temperature will be fixed around 24-25 degrees. The aim is to make the passengers comfortable and not make them feel the outside heat,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The fully AC train with more Economy AC coaches is expected to cater to more passengers.