Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu with an aim to provide a delightful travelling experience to the picturesque Araku valley in Visakhapatnam, on Sunday introduced a see-through Vistadome coach on its Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train.
The function was attended by MP of Visakhapatnam, Kambhampati Haribabu along with Prabhu in Bhubaneswar, while MP of Araku, Kottapalli Geeta, MLAs, Railway Division manager (Visakhapatnam) Chandralekha Mukherjee and others took part in the launch.
Specialties of the Coach as per railway release:
1. Air-conditioned coach,
2. First-of-its-kind in Indian Railways,
3. It has large glass windows and an observation lounge offering passengers a panoramic view of the sites along the 128-km rail route from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley hill station.
4. 40-seat coach is the double-wide reclining passenger seats that could be rotated 360 degrees for a better sightseeing experience.
5. Glass-domed ceiling, automatic sliding doors and a multi-tier luggage rack
This has been a great thing done form tourist point of view. By sitting relaxed on their seats, the tourists can now can get a clear view of the breath-taking Anantagiri ghat section, Lambasingi, Borra caves and the tunnels along the route, from the Vistadome coach.
This is just a trial run and only one coach has been attached and one more will soon be added. After the launch, Prabhu said that the coach was being introduced to promote tourism in the country and a similar one will also be introduced in the northeast as well.