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Railways may unveil new premium trains

DELHI

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to announce a marquee train service that will have premium coaches aimed at giving competition to low cost airlines and helping the state-run behemoth win back customers.

The new service will be in the category of Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duranto trains, reports The Times of India.

The rail budget to be presented by Prabhu on Thursday may include a slew of measures to ensure quality travel including expansion of e-catering to all important stations beyond the 42 already covered and in more trains. Provisions for bar-coded tickets and travel insurance for passengers are also likely to be announced. In the past few years, the railways has focused on improving passenger amenities including the range of branded food through e-catering.

The minister is likely to rationalize freight tariff along with an announcement to introduce high-speed parcel trains, long-term contracts and roll on-roll off container services to stem decline in traffic and improve earnings.

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