Currently, mail and express trains have Sleeper, Third AC, Second AC and First AC classes. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )
The Indian Railways will soon introduce a new class of 'Economy AC coaches’ at lower prices, PTI has reported.
The proposed fully AC train will have three-tier Economy AC coaches in addition to the already existing classes, PTI said.
However, the temperature in the new coach would be around 24-25 degree Celcius.
"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," PTI quoted a senior railway ministry official as saying.
However, the details of the economy AC class are to be worked out before deciding for manufacturing such coaches, the official said.
Currently, mail and express trains have Sleeper, Third AC, Second AC and First AC classes.
India's finance minister Arun Jaitley during his budget speech this year had raised the rail budget by 22% focussing on fixing tariffs taking into consideration cost, quality of service and "competition from other forms of transport".
The new Economy AC initiative of the Railways is aimed at not only retaining passengers in the long run but also to ensure the new breed of travellers do not gravitate towards air travel with several airlines cutting ticket prices to attract passengers in the coming festive season
(With PTI inputs)