Ministry of Railways launches Mission Retro-Fitment

Highlights:

  • Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has launched Mission Retro-Fitment to enhance the passenger experience by upgrading the existing fleet of coaches.
  • Mission Retro-Fitment is an ambitious program to upgrade the level of furnishing & amenities in the coaches of Indian Railways.
  • The refurbished coaches will have better furnishing, aesthetics & amenities and better safety features.
  • It has aimed at providing a safe and comfortable travel to the railway passengers.
  • Under Mission Retro-Fitment, 40,000 coaches will be refurbished and retrofitted in the next five years.
  • The mission aims to induct about 40,000 coaches with upgraded interiors by 2022-23.
  • The mission will be one of the largest retro fitment projects in the world.
  • The mission will be carried out without affecting the traffic operation.
  • It is estimated that cost of refurbishing per coach to be approximately Rs 30 lakhs.
  • The refurbished coaches will haveWorld Class Ambience.
  • The refurbished coaches will have panels with LED lights, modular toilets with plumbing, Branded fittings, powered Venetian blinds, anti-Graffiti coating etc.
  • Enhanced Passenger Safety: Fire and smoke detection system, rounded edges for preventing injury, double acting compartment door in AC coaches.
  • Environment-Friendly features such as Bio-toilets.
  • Usage of better materials such as polycarbonate ABS, advanced composites, Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic, stainless steel, etc.