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Passengers will also be offered films, serials and music as an on-board entertainment package

Indian Railways has undertaken a makeover exercise in 15 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabadi trains at a cost of Rs 25 crore. The Railways has launched a three month programme under which the staff will be trained to use the trolley for serving food. They will be provided uniforms. These changes are expected to be introduced from the month of October this year.

Passengers will also be offered films, serials and music as an on-board entertainment package.

Moreover, the ministry will also take appropriate steps to reduce the delay in the departure timing of these trains.

“The railways have decided to launch Operation Swarn (or `gold`) to refurbish its services after several complaints by passengers like delay in train arrival, sanitation and quality of food,”said a railway official.

Rajdhani Express for Mumbai, Howrah, Patna, Ranchi and Bhubaneswar are among the 15 Rajdhani trains selected for service upgradation.

Shatabdi trains of Howrah-Puri, New Delhi-Chandigarh, New Delhi-Kanpur, Howrah-Ranchi, Anand Vihar-Kathgodam are among the 15 trains selected for the makeover exercise.

“This plan will be upgraded in future with services like Wi-Fi, infotainment and coffee vending machines,”said a senior Railway Ministry official.

A similar project was undertaken by the Railway Ministry  in May this year where they had launched Tejas Express train on Mumbai-Goa route. The bright yellow superfast train promises a flight-like experience on the track at less than Rs 1,500 a ride.

The Tejas Express has German coaches fitted with LED screens and is loaded with coffee vending machines, automatic doors, fire repression system, bio-vacuum toilets, attendant call buttons, reading LED lights, besides free WiFi connectivity.

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