Project Swarna Details

Project Swarna Details
Project Swarna Indian Railway

Details of Project Swarna

Ministry of Railways  announced that Railway decided to upgrade Premium Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains under Project ‘Swarna’ to improve passenger experience. With improved passenger amenities, aesthetics and hygiene standards, Country’s first Swarn Rajdhani (Train no 12313 New Delhi – Sealdah Rajdhani Express) was launched in New Delhi today i.e. 29th November, 2017 at New Delhi Station. Member, Rolling Stock Shri Ravindra Gupta was especially present to introspect the revamped rake.

Under Project Swarna, a detailed programme to significantly improve passenger experience on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains has been planned in the following 10 dimensions:  

  • Coach Interiors
  • Toilets
  • Onboard cleanliness
  • Punctuality
  • Catering
  • Linen
  • Staff Behaviour
  • Security
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Real Time Feedback

For this programme, Ministry had formed nine teams of two officers each from Railway Board to monitor the progress of work under each dimension of Project Swarna. 14 Rajdhani trains and 15 Shatabdi trains have been selected for the first phase of this Project.

The first revamped rake of Rajdhani under the project was rake of Sealdah Rajdhani (12314 New Delhi-Sealdah) which was launched from New Delhi.

Salient Features of First Swarn Rajdhani 

Base on extensive research, the following features have been introduced on Sealdah Rajdhani

  • Complete interior painting to an aesthetic International colour scheme and LED lighting to improve illumination.
  • Better hygiene by providing ‘auto janitor’ system in toilets.
  • Health faucets, stainless steel wash basins improved soap dispenser and better quality dustbins, carefully chosen locations for ergonomic convenience.
  • Night signage for easy identifications of berth nos. for enroute entraining passengers.
  • Blanket covers for First AC passengers of two different colours to ensure separate cover in to and fro journey.
  • Built in ladders for First AC passengers for easy access to upper berth.
  • CCTV cameras in doorway area and aisles to monitor any suspect activity with data storage.
  • New design magazine bags with extra pocket for mobile for fitting changing life style.
  • LED lighting over mirrors.
  • Vinyl wrapping of toilet doors for improved aesthetics.
  • Epoxy coating in toilets, provisioning of extra mats in toilet to improve hygienic standards and to give a dry toilet to the passengers with improved cleanliness
  • Polished commodes and basins to make them odour free in every trip.
  • 3 pilot coaches in service to gather passenger feedback and assess journey worthiness.

An expenditure about Rs. 35 lakhs has gone into this rake which translates into less than Rs.2 lakh per coach.

Under Project Swarna, Zonal Railways were given a free hand to develop and innovate to create aesthetic and passenger friendly coach interiors on running rakes to establish new standards in passengers comfort. A target budget of Rs. 50 lakh per rake was allowed for this purpose. The list of Rajdhani and Shatabdi under this project is given below:

Rajdhani Trains covered under Project Swarna:

Sr No.RailwaysTrain No.FromTo
1ECoR22811/12BhubaneshwarNew Delhi
2ECoR22823/24BhubaneshwarNew Delhi
3ECR12309/10Rajendra NagarNew Delhi
4ER12301/02HowrahNew Delhi
5ER12305/06HowrahNew Delhi
6ER12313/14SealdahNew Delhi
7NR12439/40RanchiNew Delhi
8NR12441/42New DelhiBilaspur
9NR12453/54New DelhiRanchi
12WR12951/52Mumbai (BCT)New Delhi
13WR12953/54Mumbai (BCT)H.Nizamuddin
14WR12957/58AhmedabadNew Delhi

Shatabdi Trains covered under Project Swarna:

Sr No.RailwaysTrain No.FromTo
4NCR12033/34KanpurNew Delhi
5NFR12041/42HowrahNew Jalpaiguri
6NFR12085/86, 12087/88GuwahatiDibrugarh/Naharlagun
7NR12039/40New DelhiKathgodam
8NR12045/46New DelhiChandigarh
9NR12047/48New DelhiFirozpur
10NR12049/50New DelhiAgra


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