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Railways to add 15,000 upgraded coaches by 2022-23

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Railways-CoachRailways has decided to add 15,000 upgraded coaches to its fleet by 2022-23. These coaches will have state-of-the-art interiors and exteriors.

More than 25,000 coaches will also be upgraded in the next five-to-six-years. The upgradation will include aesthetically appealing toilet modules with enhanced passenger amenities, modular panels without visible screws inside the passenger area, dustbins and fire extinguishers in all coaches, passenger address System and Global Positioning System (GPS) based passenger information system; enhanced number of mobile or laptop charging points and Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting.

The Railways is also building the Agartala-Akhaura project. The total length of this railway line is 15.06 km out of which 5.05 km falls in India and 10.01 km falls in Bangladesh.

Ministry of External Affairs is funding the portion which falls under Bangladesh while Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) is funding the Indian portion.

The Indian portion of this railway line is being build by the IRCON International Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of Ministry of Railways. IRCON has prepared revised estimate for Indian portion at a total cost of Rs 580 crore with elevated corridor/viaduct of 3.31 km. The project cost of Bangladesh portion is estimated at Rs 350 crore.

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