Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has said the government is planning to manufacture 160, 240 and 240 coaches of Train 18 in 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, respectively.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Goyal said, “Train 18 is a Semi High Speed fully air-conditioned Train having quicker acceleration and contemporary passenger amenities like on-board infotainment and GPS based passenger information system, CCTV, automatic sliding doors with retractable coach footsteps and zero discharge vacuum based bio-toilets etc.”
The semi-high speed train sets are being manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF). Two rakes have already been put into service, he added.
According to the Minister, Train 18 is a Shatabdi-type train of “Semi High Speed” genre offering additional amenities and operational advantages to the passengers. The fare of these trains has, therefore, been fixed higher than that of Shatabdi Trains.
Currently, Train 18 trains are being operated on New Delhi-Varanasi and New Delhi-Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra sectors.
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