17 April 2017 Current Affairs: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday inaugurated the new Vistadome coach which has glass roof, LED lights, GPS-based info system and rotating seats
among other features.While flagging off the train with Vistadome coaches between Visakhapatnam and Araku through video conferencing from Rail Sadan in Bhubaneswar, he said that the Vistadome coaches’ features will enable tourists to enjoy scenic beauty along the journey.Prabhu also laid the foundation stone for mechanised laundry at Visakhapatnam, which he said will significantly improve the quality of linen provided on the trains and would lead to enhanced passenger satisfaction.Inaugurating the Life Line Express-Sindhudurg of Konkan Railway, he said it will be a great help to poor patients.
A function was also arranged at Visakhapatnam in which a number of public representatives including MP Kothapalli Geetha and several MLAs were present.Vistadome coach
The specially-designed Vistadome air-conditioned coach,
claimed to be a first-of-its-kind on Indian Railways, has large glass windows and an observation lounge that offer passengers a panoramic view of the sites along the 128-km rail route from Visakhapatnam to Araku
valley hill station.A unique feature of this Rs 3.38 crore 40-seat coach i
s the double-wide reclining passenger seats that could be rotated 360 degrees for a better sightseeing experience.The coach also has a glass-domed ceiling, automatic sliding doors and a multi-tier luggage rack, a railway release