In tune with the overall development of the nation, the Indian railway is adopting modern facilities in the trains and railway stations. As part of the modernization of amenities, the Railway Ministry has decided to upgrade all A and B stations as Model Stations. As such, the architects of all divisions have been directed to make necessary arrangements and alterations in the station buildings and others so that they will be more comfortable and have modern amenities and appearance. Estimably, about 16 million passengers travel on Indian railways on an average day. This huge public participation and presence can be capitalized and elaborate plans to arrange facilities such as ATM, cyber café, banking, etc. are reported to be on the anvil.
As part of adopting modern facilities, LHB design passenger coaches of new technology are to be made available in Lucknow-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, ipcc coaching in bangalore, August Kranti Express and some more express trains. Further, world-class passenger amenities and interiors are to be arranged for Hazrat Nizamuddin-Gwalior Express, Taj Express, ew Delhi-Patna sampoorna Kranti Express, Chennai-Bangalore Vrindavan Express and New Delhi-Barauni Vaishali Express. It has been decided to make the coaches more comfortable and modern when rebuilding them. It has been proposed to provide facilities such as electronic information display, comfortable seats, better lights, public address system, etc. By using modern materials in coach flooring, roof, inside walls, etc. the coaches are to be aesthetically enhanced.
Indian railways while adopting modern facilities recently renovated over-aged tracks and completed track-circuiting works on all stations on A, B and C routes. In order to ensure safety and security of passengers, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has deployed escort parties for more than thousand trains on a daily basis. The RPF provides access control and security at more than 600 stations. In order to safeguard the safety interests of women passengers, the RPF provides special squads in compartments reserved for women passengers. The Railway is planning to introduce modernization strategies for the RPF. In view of the increasing need of healthcare facilities, the Railways plans to set up super-specialty hospital facilities in cardiology and nephrology at Patna in the East Central Railway. Further, divisional hospitals are to be set up at Agra, Nandad and Raipur. At Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, the construction of Phase 1 of the new hospital building has started. Another decision of the Railways is to construct guest room facilities in Central Hospitals and Super-Specialty Referral Hospitals. Adopting these and other modern facilities is bound to make the Indian Railways one of the best public utility in the world.