New Delhi: Soon to be privatised, Indian Railways has specified a few demands that private players need to deliver once they run trains on the world’s largest railway system.
Around 23 companies including Bombardier, Siemens and GMR have shown keen interest in running private trains around the country.
Below are the demands specified by Indian Railways for private players:
1. Electronic sliding doors, windows with double-glazed safety glass, Braille signages, emergency talk-back mechanism, passenger surveillance system, and information and destination boards.
2. The trains should provide noise-free travel to passengers and be capable of running at a speed of 160 km/hr.
3. These trains would be equipped with an emergency brake which can bring them to a standstill in less than 1,250 m when travelling at 160 kmph.
4. The trains should be designed for a life of 35 years.
5. Each coach shall have minimum of four electrically/pneumatically powered, plug type doors, two on each side.
6. The doors should be armed with a safety provision whereby the train shall not start unless all doors have been closed and electrically locked. Provision shall be made for passengers to open doors to permit evacuation from a stopped train in an emergency.
7. There shall be an internal and external manual release mechanism on one door per side in each coach. All windows shall be provided with double-glazed safety glass.
8. Passenger emergency signs shall also be embossed in Braille raised typeface.
9. The trains must be designed to keep the noise emissions as low as possible and designed to prevent drumming, rattles or vibrations throughout its life.
10. The trains shall provide a public address (PA) facility so that the loco pilot or guard can make announcements to passengers from driving /non-driving cab.
11. Emergency buttons and talk-back phones shall be located near all the doors and gangways. Provision shall be there for voice recording of the conversations with GPS stamping.
12. A passenger information system (PIS) shall provide automatic announcement and the display of destination information on displays throughout the train in Hindi, English and regional languages.
13. Each car shall be provided with two digital destination boards on the outside (one on each side) displaying the originating, destination station, vehicle number, train number, the draft says.
14. The passenger coach surveillance system (PRSS) shall comprise an IP-based close circuit television (CCTV) network, surveillance cameras and other accessories as required with onboard equipment for streaming of video to the central server for selected cameras.
15. Each sitting car of train shall be provided with a minimum of six surveillance cameras to cover the passenger area. For a sleeper train, each car shall be provided with two surveillance cameras at an appropriate location to cover the entire corridor.
According to the demands laid down by Indian Railways, the private operators will need to abide by a minimum of 95% punctuality. If trains are late or early, operators would have to pay a compensation to the railways.