89th Birthday Celebrations: On August 15, Pune’s Deccan Queen to get freedom from its old coaches

The central railway (CR), as part of its Utkrisht project, will renovate the interior and exterior of Deccan Queen. The renovation, which will cost 60 lakh, includes vinyl wrapping for coaches to give them a new look, replacement of torn seats, installation of fire extinguishers, dustbins and Braille signages.
Railway pravashi sangh celebrating Deccan Queens 89th birthday at Pune Railway station on Friday.(HT PHOTO)
Railway pravashi sangh celebrating Deccan Queens 89th birthday at Pune Railway station on Friday.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 01, 2018 09:54 PM IST
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This Independence Day, commuters of the Deccan Queen will get to travel in refurbished coaches of the Pune-Mumbai train.

According to a notification issued by the railway ministry, Utkrisht aims to improve the condition of the coaches in long distance trains.

One hundred and forty trains across India will be refurbished as part of the project. Under phase one, the CR will refurbish coaches of Deccan Queen and LTT-Madgaon double-decker express.

The central railway (CR), as part of its Utkrisht project, will renovate the interior and exterior of Deccan Queen. The renovation, which will cost 60 lakh, includes vinyl wrapping for coaches to give them a new look, replacement of torn seats, installation of fire extinguishers, dustbins and Braille signages. The cleanliness of the train will be inspected every two hours.

“The work will begin soon. Deccan Queen will be ready by August 15, while the work on Madgaon express will be completed by December. We will also introduce a biometric system to ensure the railway officials are working on board,” said SK Pankaj, senior deputy general manager, central railway.

Work on four other trains, including Nagpur Duronto, Mumbai-Amravati Express and Pragati Express, will be carried out in the second phase.

On the western railway, coaches of Mumbai Central-Vadodara express, AhmedabadShri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra Express, Amritsar and Uttaranchal express will be refurbished.

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