Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has instructed railway authorities to introduce vistadome coaches in trains running in routes including in the Northeast with bountiful scenic beauty. The instructions were issued during a review meeting at NF Railway, as mentioned in a statement issued by the NF Railway, while adding that the Union Minister stated that such coaches, which offer a sky view of the surroundings would add value to rail travel and help travellers truly enjoy the scenic beauty that Northeast India is famous for.
It may be mentioned that, Northeast Frontier Railway has already introduced a vistadome coach in the UNESCO World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This has become immensely popular amongst tourists. The vistadome coaches in DHR also boast of other features like automatic sliding compartment doors, multiple television screens providing infotainment to passengers; wide side door for Divyangs, GPS based info system, LED lights and more.
In Lumding – Badarpur hill section, Kumarghat – Agartala hill section, certain sections of upper Assam, Dooars portion of north Bengal are areas of great scenic beauty. These sections would be chosen for introduction of vistadome coaches.
Vistadome coaches are designed to let the passengers enjoy the beautiful sceneries through an all glass roof. This would help boost tourism in Northeast India and will attract tourists from both within and outside the country.