Visakhapatnam and Araku Valley: Suresh Prabhu launches Vistadome coach with glass ceiling and rotating seats


Central Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the new Vistadome coach for a new train that is soon going to run from Visakhapatnam to the nearby hill station of Araku Valley. This specially designed coach, the first of its kind in India, aims to offer its passengers a splendid scenic experience. This train will have 40 coaches and the project cost Rs 3.38 crore.

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The coach boasts features like a glass roof, a set of LED lights, a GPS-based information system, and seats that rotate 360 degrees. Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh is a major tourist attraction in South India. The hill station is known for its heritage sites like Borra Caves, Ananthagiri Waterfalls, Lambasingi, and other beautiful ghat views.

The Railway Minister flagged the train off through a video conference call from Bhubaneswar. He said these Vistadome coaches and their unique features will enable tourists to enjoy scenic beauty along the journey, according to a report by Firstpost. This train is reported to have 40 air-conditioned coaches, glass-domed ceilings, automatic sliding doors, multi-tier luggage rack, and a single lookout window at a special observation lounge for a panoramic view. The distance involved in this route track is 128 kilometres.

Prabhu took to Twitter to announce the Vistadome coach.

In a chat with Times of India, the Divisional Railway Manager for Visakhapatnam, Chandralekha Mukherjee, said,

They will be detached at Araku in the morning and attached again when the train returns in the evening. The fare of these coaches will be higher than the existing general fare.

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