New Delhi: In a major development, the Indian Railways is all set to replace its sleeper class coaches with Air-Conditioned (AC) ones in coming years in the trains that are capable of running at a speed of 130 kmph and beyond. The Ministry of Railways took the decision in a bid to upgrade its high-speed network.

The non-AC sleeper coaches will be replaced by AC coaches for the trains that will be running at a speed of 130 kmph or beyond.

“Track on golden Quadrilateral and Diagonals are being upgraded to cater to a speed of 130 km to 160 km per hour. Non-AC sleeper coaches would be replaced by AC coaches only for such trains which will be running at 130 or 160 kmph,” IANS quoted Railway Ministry’s Spokesperson DJ Narain as saying 

“AC coaches are essentially a technical need for trains running on 130 or 160 kmph,” Narain added.

According to reports, the coaches will be evaluated and experience gained from the running of these coaches will lead to further progress.

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“It will be ensured that while the price of tickets of the modified AC coaches remains very affordable for the passengers, the comfort and conveniences increase manifold and there is a substantial reduction in travel time,” Railways added.

They said that currently only Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah sections are getting geared up for that.

A prototype of AC coach is being designed at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala and is likely to be ready in the coming weeks. 

Presently, an 83 berth coach is being designed compared to the 72 berth that Railways usually has in AC coaches.
 

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As per reports, the Railways is aiming to have 100 such coaches this year and 200 by 2021.

This is to be noted that the non-AC coaches will continue to run in trains running at 110 km/hour.

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