Travelling in first class compartments that resemble a mini war zone after vandals have had a go at it may soon be in the past.
The Central Railway (CR) is planning to completely overhaul these compartments on its new violet-white trains. Top of the list is improving the quality of seats. The interiors will be refurbished too.
Commuters have complained for long about the regular defacement of the first class compartments.
“The seats are usually torn or are cut using blades. In some trains the backrest is ripped open, which means commuters can’t sit,” said Purav Palan, who commutes to Vikhroli from Dadar every day.
The fibre used inside these seats will also be changed, as currently it is too soft making the seats uneven.
As per the proposal, nearly 1,018 seats inside first class compartments will be changed. The existing reckron material cushion and rexine will be removed and replaced by rubber cushions.
CR has 45 violet-white trains of which the interiors and seat quality of 20 will be revamped.
The cost of this will be approximately Rs10 lakh. Sources said the seats inside the old trains are better and sturdier and there are not many complaints there.
“There is need to change the material inside the seats. Also, there are sharp edges on the floors that are very dangerous,” said Chandrakant Mokal, president, All India Passengers Association.
The CR administration has also said that the surface inside first class compartments will be levelled. The edges of the floor inside the compartment are dangerously exposed sometimes when they have come unscrewed. The interiors will be painted wherever required and the handles in these compartments will be improved upon.
The work would be carried out in 90 coaches at a cost of Rs 81 lakh. The roofs of the compartment too will be repaired to ensure that rainwater doesn’t drip on commuters’ heads.