The Kannur-Yaswantpur-Kannur Express train with new Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches built on German technology, at the Kannur railway station. File | Photo Credit:
Linke Hofmann Busch design coaches are being used in a phased manner
The government will replace conventional coaches with modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) design coaches in all long-distance trains, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
He also assured the House that the government will implement “whatever announcements have been made with regard to introduction of more trains.”
“A week ago, a review meeting was held in Guwahati, where it was decided that all long-distance trains shall be replaced with LHB modern coaches,” Mr. Goyal said replying to a supplementary query during the Question Hour.
Replacement of trains operating with conventional coaches into LHB coaches was being done in a phased manner. Presently, 18 pairs of trains, owned by the Northeast Frontier Railway, are being operated with modern LHB coaches, he said separately in a written reply to the Upper House.
The Minister also mentioned that LHB coaches, which have higher carrying capacity, speed and increased codal life, are being manufactured by the Indian Railways from the year 2018-19 onwards.
To another query on complaints that modern coaches already operational are being replaced in trains running from the Northeast, he said: “I can assure you that can never be the case.”
On unmanned railway crossings, the Minister said the government had almost eliminated all such crossings. As a result, the number of accidents had come down to three in the last nine months from 52 in 2014-15.
The government had eliminated 3,451 unmanned railway level crossings (UMLCs) up to December 2018. In the next few weeks, railways will be free from UMLCs on broad gauge track, he said.
With regard to compensation, the Minister said that wherever there was responsibility of the railways, compensation was provided to the families of the deceased. Trespassers were not given compensation.