Bangalore-Chennai double-decker train to ply soon
Bangalore: The much-awaited air-conditioned double-decker train linking Bangalore and Chennai is set to debut this month.
Indian Railways have been operating double-deckers on three routes: Howrah-Dhanbad; New Delhi-Jaipur and Mumbai-Ahmedabad since 2011-12.
The Bangalore-Chennai service is expected to lure more passengers to take the train, rather than ride a bus on the 360-km route. The trip will take six hours. "The double-decker train is on trial run for a fortnight, and its operations are being fine-tuned in terms of safety, speed, halts and other technical parameters. Once we get statutory clearances, we will introduce the service before this month-end," Bangalore division railway manager A.K. Agarwal told IANS.
To be operated daily, the train will initially have 10 AC chair cars and two power cars for air-conditioning, lights and auxiliary services. "Each coach will have 120 reclining seats, with 50 in the upper deck, 48 in the lower and 22 in the middle, split at entrance on both sides. Being a double-decker, the train will carry 42 more passengers in each coach as against 78 per coach in a Shatabdi," Agarwal said.
Unlike in Shatabdi, where food service is included in the fare, passengers in the double-decker will have the choice of ordering a-la-carte menu from pantry service in each coach as in other superfast trains like Brindavan Express and Lalbagh Express.