Kalka, Dec 1: Now commuters travelling on the Kalka-Shimla Railway route will enjoy beautiful scenic view as Railways' stunning see-through 'Vistadome' coach (Glass Dome) is all set to debut on this route in next 10 days, a Railway official said on Saturday.
Northern Railway's aim behind to introduce this coach is to enhance tourism on this Kalka-Shimla World Heritage Railway Section.
This coach with seating capacity of 36 having glass roof, modified windows and air conditioning system will comprise of designer LED lights, window blinds and cushioned window interiors.
This special and aesthetically-designed 'Vistadome' air conditioned coach CT-15 also known as 'Nihaar', is a first-of-its-kind in this Kalka-Shimla Railway section.
The 'Vistadome' coach has been modified and furnished in Carriage and Wagon Depot at Kalka.
'The cost to prepare the coach was around Rs 10 lakh and it took 100 days to complete it. The coach is an old-second class coach which has been upgraded with AC. It will be the first AC coach on the Kalka-Shimla section,' DRM Ambala, D C Sharma said on Saturday.
The new coach has no toilets at present, he said.
The coach will be introduced by December 10, he said.
At present lowest fare is Rs 25 per seat in a general coach in an ordinary train on this section while Rs 500 is the fare in the Shatabdi type Shivalik Deluxe Express on this section.
The fare in the 'Vistadome' coach for a single seat is likely to be beyond Rs 500, however, final decision on the exact fare is yet to be taken, an official said.
The route of this section is 96.54 kilometers and six pair of train services runs on this section on daily basis.
A Northern Railway official said Railways Minister Piyush Goyal conducted an inspection of Kalka-Shimla World Heritage Railway Section on Friday.
He inspected Kalka Railway station and reviewed various on-going works.
During inspection, Divisional Railway Manager/Ambala Division DC Sharma along with senior officers was also present.
At Kalka Railway Station, the Minister appreciated the restored Hydraulic Buffer, having heritage value and display of model of 'Steam engine'.
The Minister interacted with local Press and informed them about the recent developments over KSR under 'Mission 100 Days'.
The local Press was informed that a new HOP ON -HOP OFF Service has been introduced in Kalka - Shimla section and this is first of its kind over Indian Railways.
The local Press was also shown Vista Dome Coach which has been developed, in house, by Ambala Division within 100 days.
Window trailing inspection from Kalka to Solan station was done by the Minister by aesthetically refurbished Jharokha (CT-14) to attract tourist.
The Minister instructed to do intensive cleaning of whole section by putting extra man and material. (UNI)