Duronto to do away with AC Economy class
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 11:23
New Delhi: The non-stop Duronto trains will no longer have old coaches with side-middle berth, known as AC economy class.

The Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto express and the Bhubaneswar-Delhi Duronto scheduled to be launched shortly will not have any AC economy class coach. They will have only AC and non-AC coaches.

AC economy class fare is Rs 50 less than the AC III class.

"Now onwards, all new Duronto trains will be without AC economy class as we have decided to discontinue it. As per our feedback, it seems to be causing inconvenience to passengers," sources in railways said.

Initially, there was also no plan for AC economy class in Duronto.

"Since new coaches could not be ready for the early launch of Duronto trains, these old coaches with middle side berths were made available to meet the deadline," the sources said.

However, the existing AC economy class coaches in some Duronto trains like Sealdah-New Delhi, Mumbai-Howrah and Pune-Nizamuddin Duronto trains will continue for some time before they are being phased out.

The Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto coaches are ready for roll out with its inaugural run scheduled for early next month.

All coaches of the Nagpur Duronto are being dispatched to Nagpur for the launching ceremony, while Bhunaneswar Duronto coaches are being readied, the sources said.

Barring a few hitches like middle-side berth coaches, the Duronto trains have become very popular since its launch more than a month ago.

Railways have announced to introduce 12 Duronto trains out of which four are being launched.

Railways are also increasing the capacity of pantry cars in Duronto trains.

"Since we have to provide meals to about 1000 passengers per trip in this non-stop superfast train, the capacity of pantry cars is required to be enhanced," said a senior IRCTC official involved with the catering service in Duronto trains.

"We are requisitioning new design high-capacity pantry cars because the old pantry cars have less capacity for boilers, hot cases, freezers and deep freezers which are creating problem to cater to the growing demand for fresh and hot food," the official said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 11:23

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