Nalin flags off train with Vistadome coaches

 Nalin flags off train with Vistadome coaches
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Mangaluru, July 11, 2021: The two unique coaches on the Mangaluru-Bengaluru train were the special attraction at the Railway station on Sunday. People entered the coaches to see the specialties in the Vistadome Coaches attached to the Mangaluru-Bengaluru trains from today.

Vistadome Coaches are attached to the express trains running between Mangaluru Junction and Yesvantpur stations. This train traverses through the enchanting Western Ghats, specifically the Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Ghat section.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mayor Premanand Shetty, MLA Vedavyas Kamath flagged off the first service from Mangaluru on Sunday morning.

“Vistadome service will help in boosting tourism in the region. Sitting in Vistadome people will enjoy the beautiful hills, falls, and nature of the Western Ghats. Each vistadome coach has a seating capacity of 44 with seats that are rotatable up to 180 degrees. Wide, large windows will offer a clear close-up view for the passengers,” he said.

Nalin said that the Central government was contemplating setting up unmanned railway crossing shortly.

“Since 2014, railway projects have gained momentum in Dakshina Kannada district. Priority is given to cleanliness. Developmental works will be undertaken at Mangaluru Central (₹ 13.5 crore work) and Mangaluru Junction (₹1.2 crores),” he said.

Nalin said he would speak to the railway officials and ministers about the demand to change the timing of Manglauru-Vijayapura and Gomateshwara Express.

The Vistadome coach is equipped with CCTV surveillance, fire safety systems, LED display, oven & refrigerator, mini pantry, multi-tiered steel luggage shelves, mobile charging socket on each seat, and ‘content-on-demand viewable by passengers. Further, the coach is equipped with automatic sliding doors & bio-toilets.

The seats have foldable snack tables, similar to what is given in aircraft. The coaches are also equipped with GPS based public- address system & Braille signage to assist ‘Divyang’ (visually challenged) passengers. There is also a space, sort of lounge provided at the far end of the coach with a large viewing window.

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