Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail has delayed in acquiring land corridor project it may push back the date of its launch, but the railways are going ahead in finalizing various components of the bullet train’s rolling stock and passenger facilities.
There will be facilities for sick person passengers will get a dedicated room for child feeding and washrooms for men and women would be separate all these being firsts on the Indian rail network. There will be luggage space for passengers each train will have 695 seats for standard class and 55 seats for business class.
There will also be two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers in the 10-coach high-speed train. Services will also have baby changing rooms comprising baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink for children for washing hands.
According to a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the Rs 1 trillion project. A new generation Japanese high-speed train will also introduce wall mounted type urinals for men, according to the blueprint finalized by the Railways, the 750-seater E5 Shinkansen.
Urinals and toilets will be installed in alternate coaches in the train. For example, toilets will be installed in coach number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while urinals will be available in coach number 2, 4, 6 and 8. Washrooms for men and women will also be placed in a similar way. Coaches will have comfortable automatic seat rotation system.
Coaches will have LCD screens to display current station, next stopping station and destination, schedule and expected time to reach next stop and destination stations.
There will be a freezer, hot case, boiling water facility and tea and coffee maker in the train while a hand towel warmer will be provided in business class.
Most of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar, of which 7 km will be under the sea.
An official said that the undersea tunnel was chosen to avoid damaging the thick vegetation present in the area.
The corridor will begin at the underground station in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai and then traverse 21 km underground before emerging above ground at Thane.