Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday announced four new categories of trains, one for unreserved passengers and three for reserved ones, which will be fully operational in the next few months.
"The reason behind starting new train for unreserved passengers is to ensure that those belonging to the 'Antodya class' (very poor people) can also travel by train without worrying for the travelling cost," Prabhu said.
The minister was speaking after a Memorandum of Understanding that was inked between city-based National Academy of the Indian Railway (NAIR) and MS University of Baroda in the presence of Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.
"It is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide travelling facility to all the categories of the people," he added. "The Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, fully unreserved, super-fast train service is to be introduced for the common man and it will operate on dense routes," Prabhu added.
As per the Minister, the Railways will also add two to four 'Deen Dayalu' coaches to some long-distance trains for unreserved travel to enhance the carrying capacity.
"The other trains to be introduced are Humsafar - a fully third AC train. The Tejas category of trains will run at 130 km an hour with local cuisine, Wi-Fi and other amenities on board," Prabhu added.
"The final category is UDAY (Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri), which will be overnight trains plying on the busiest routes to increase capacity by 40 per cent," said the Minister.
"It is in an attempt to enhance railway services across the country. Now the Ministry has been approaching all the state governments to join hands with the Railways and jointly float companies to execute projects in their respective states," the BJP leader said.