In an attempt to attract tourists to Kashmir, the Indian Railways will come up with glass top coaches, which will be introduced on regular trains in Kashmir Valley.
These coaches have been jointly designed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), and Integral Coach Factory (ICF) and would be introduced in December.
“Three such coaches will roll out from ICF, Perambur in December this year. The first coach will be tagged in a regular train in the Kashmir Valley while the other two will be part of some train passing through the charming Araku Valley in Tamil Nadu,” Chairman and Managing Director of IRCTC A K Manocha said.
These coaches, the first of its kind in India, are being manufactured at the ICF, Perambur and each coach would be built at a cost of around Rs 4 crore.
The basic objective behind such a project is to promote tourism and attract tourists from both India and abroad to Kashmir. Such trains with glass ceilings are very common in European countries like Switzerland.
The coaches will be ultra luxurious with rotatable chairs to provide the passengers an aerial view through partly glass ceiling.
Besides, the coaches would have ample leg space and also equipped with modern infotainment system for the benefit of tourists.