In a first, the E5 Shinkansen series bullet trains, which will go into service on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor will have baby changing rooms comprising baby toilet seats, tables for diaper disposal and a low sink for children for washing hands.Not just this, the trains will be equipped with an entirely new kind of toilet system – urinals, western-style toilets with hot water and washing closet seat facility and separate washrooms for men and women equipped with triple mirrors for make-up.
Railways is all set to acquire 25 E5 Shinkansen series bullet trains from Japan at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore for the Narendra Modi government’s first bullet train project.
The 731-seater E5 series Shinkansen bullet train, a new generation Japanese high-speed train, will also have multi- purpose room to be used for breast feeding and also for sick passengers.Besides, there will be two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers in the 10-coach high-speed train.
Facilities of separate restrooms and toilets for men and women while introducing wall-mounted type urinals for men in the high-speed train are in the offing for the first time in Indian Railways, said a senior railway ministry official involved with the Rs 1 lakh crore bullet train project.However, urinals and toilets will be installed in alternate coaches in the train. For example, toilets will be installed in coach number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while urinals will be available in coach number 2, 4, 6 and 8.
Washrooms for men and women will also be placed in a similar way.
There will be luggage space for business class passengers in the train. Besides business, there will be also standard class passengers. While the train will have 698 seats for standard class, 55 seats will be earmarked for business class.
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