Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, launched latest new mobile app SAARTHI ,(synergised advanced application rail travel help and information), this app is completely for the passengers.

The SAARTHI app will allow a passenger to book a ticket, make Enquiry on board cleaning and ordering meal on a single platform.The SAARTHI app also includes features such as safety for women, complaint facility and suggestion for improvement, Railway Minister said” It is believed to provide better customer experience” he added. Earlier in the day, the minister has also uncover the country’s first solar powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train.

Here are the important information everyone need to know about this app:

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  • User can also book Flight ticket through the app. Railway Minister  also announced a quota facility for differently-able people in 3AC coach and extending the advance booking period for foreigners to 365 days from present 120 days.
  • Users now don’t need to download multiple railway apps as the new SAARTHI app will allow them to perform various functions.
  • Users can also share their feedback While booking tickets through the app.
  • A lower berth in a 3AC coach will be reserved for physically-challenged people and the middle for the individual accompanying them. But, there will be only one berth in the 3AC coach of a train.
  • The seat quota provision which was only in the sleeper class (2 berths) has now been extended to the 3AC as well.

In order to promote the use of green fuels while launching the first solar powered DEMU train, Railway Minister said, “Indian Railways is trying to increase use of renewable sources of energy” .

                                Here are few important facts to know about DEMU train

  • “It has been commissioned and based at Shakur basti DEMU shed in Delhi of Northern Railway. Twenty-four more coaches will be fitted with this system within the next six months,” Suresh Prabhu said in a statement.
  • According to the ministry’s estimates, a solar-powered train with six trailer-coaches has the potential to save about 21,000 lt of diesel and thereby effect a cost saving of Rs. 12 lac per year.
  • All electrical needs of the train are being fulfilled by power produced from solar panels fitted on the roof of coaches.
  • “More solar-powered trains may be inducted in future,” Mr Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.