The Chandigarh-New Delhi Shatabdi will be the first train to have "Anubhuti" coaches, the special AC luxury class providing higher travel comfort. The Railways will roll out 10 such coaches from its Rae Bareli coach factory by October this year.
These coaches were proposed in the recent Rail Budget. Beginning with the Anubhuti trial on the Chandigarh Shatabdi, it will be later extended to Jaipur Shatabdi. Later on, all Shatabdi trains will be having one Anubhuti coach in a phased manner. Each Anubhuti coach, costing about Rs 2.80 crore, is ergonomically designed with cushioned seats, LCD screens, modular toilets and world-class interiors.
Similarly one Rajdhani train will be selected for Anubhuti coach, to be followed by all other 23 Rajdhanis. Mail and express trains will also be having Anubhuti coaches in a gradual manner. Currently, while the AC 1 executive class has 56 seats in a Shatabdi, the new design Anubhuti has about 50 seats. The fare will be more than that of AC 1 Class in a Shatabdi train.