Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22 flagged off a train connecting Varanasi – his parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh – and Delhi.
Accompanied by senior ministers of his cabinet, PM Modi flagged off the superfast express train, Mahamana Express, which would ply between Varanasi-Lucknow-New Delhi.
The newly inaugurated Superfast Express has also features modern interiors and facilities. All the coaches of the model train have been manufactured in a Bhopal coach factory.
Making its maiden journey, the train will make a stop at Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Sultanpur and Jaunpur.
The train after its inaugural run will run three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from New Delhi and would run from Varanasi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The online booking for the first train would be available from 2 pm on Thursday with the train scheduled to leave New Delhi at 6.35pm and arrive at Varanasi at 8:25am next morning.
With regard to train from Varanasi, it is scheduled to leave at 6.35pm and reach New Delhi at 8.25am next morning.
The newly built Superfast Train has one First class AC coach, one AC 2-tier coach, nine sleepers, four general class bogies and two second class coaches.
It must be noted that fares of Mahamana Express are 15 per cent higher than normal fares as it has improved aesthetic and ergonomics in all its coaches.
The train has modular panels without visible screws and minimum maintenance hatches inside the passenger area for better safety and looks.
The panels have also been built from superior material in terms of toxicity index and fire retardation, implying that its interiors has better fire resistance.
The ladders in all the coaches are also ergonomically built. The toilet in the train also has better modules and facilities such as a big mirror, platform washbasin, controlled discharged water tap, odour control system, exhaust fan, LED lights and dustbin.
To improve the looks of the train, the conventional window curtains have now been replaced with powered Venetian blinds and roller blinds in all coaches no matter the class, with additional fire extinguishers having been installed in all coaches.
To enhance the safety of the train, they have also shifted electrical junctions from passenger area to the non-passenger area that too to a centralized distribution board.
The fitted lights have also been enhanced with berth reading lights and and embarking lights being introduced in all the coaches and classes.
To make the journey more comfortable, the number of mobile/laptop charging points have also been increased in all coaches.
For passengers travelling in reserved coaches additional LED-based berth indicators-cum-night lights have been added so as to assist them while boarding trains at night.