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While the National Democratic Alliance government has been stressing to boost India's image on the 'ease of doing business' front since coming to power, the Railway 2015-16 was more focused on providing ease to passengers. Business Standard takes a look at the various steps

EASE OF BOOKING TICKETS


SO MUCH BY A CLICK
  • Soon, some of the best food chains will serve you food on-the-go by online order
  • Needn't worry about disposable bed linen in trains, book it through IRCTC website
  • For senior citizens and differently abled, wheelchairs and retiring rooms can be booked online at a few stations
  • An integrated customer portal will soon be launched to avail of various services

STATION UPGRADE
  • Improved passenger facilities at 200 more stations under the 'Adarsh Station' scheme
  • Use self-operated lockers
  • Uninterrupted internet at all A1 and A category stations through wi-fi facility and also at a few B category stations
  • See arrival/departure updates for more than 2,000 stations in the next 2 years through Railway Display Network
  • To help decongest cities, satellite railway terminals will soon come up and help suburban passengers board trains

CLEAN RAIL, CLEAN INDIA
  • A new department for cleanliness of stations and trains under Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
  • New toilets to be built at 650 stations
  • 17,000 toilets in train coaches to be replaced by bio-toilets
  • Built-in dustbins to be provided in non-AC coaches
  • A programme to be launched to improve design, quality and cleanliness of bed linen within 6 months

TRAIN GAIN
  • Mobile phones can be charged in general compartments, too
  • High quality food to be served by building base kitchens, operated by reputed agencies
  • Climbing upper berths will now be easier as National Institute of Design will help replace present ladders
  • Now lodge complaint on-the-go through 24X7 helpline number (138) for passengers; security-related complaints at separate toll free number - 182

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First Published: Fri, February 27 2015. 00:30 IST
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