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'Adarsh Coach' in Limca Book of Records
Mumbai | Friday, Apr 3 2009 IST
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''Adarsh Coach'', an initiative by the Rail Parishad, an NGO has found place in the Limca Book of Records.

''Adarsh Coach in Panchavati Express has earned an accolade in the form of a place in the 'Limca Book of Records' for being the first of its kind in the history of Indian Railways. The efforts and co-operation extended by Central Railway is highly appreciable,'' Bipin Gandhi, president, Rail Parishad said in a press conference here yesterday.

The Rail Parishad was established in 2001. Bipin Gandhi, president of the Mumbai-based association of Monthly Season Ticket (MST) holders, first succeeded in getting a special coach in Manmad-Mumbai CST Panchavati Express allotted by the Central Railway exclusively to MST holders in March 2007. The Parishad then went on to convert the a/c chair car, popularly known as C-3, into a well-maintained 'Adarsh Coach' where a code of conduct is voluntarily accepted and implemented by one and all. With the efforts of the Parishad, the three and half hours journey from Nashik to Mumbai has become a pleasant one for them.

Prohibition to consumption of liquor, chewing tobacco, playing cards; strict cleanliness maintenance, switching off lights during daytime to save energy, regular pest control of coaches, code of conduct for mobile use in Railways and active participation in social causes were some of the main features of the 'Adarsh Coach'.

Establishment of Rail Bhavan at Deolali to provide information and help to commuters was another achievement of the Parishad. On January 1, 2009, post of a ''Civic Director'' was precisely created to bring about an awareness among commuters of the coach.

Civic Director Priya Tuljapurkar does not enforce but only politely informs the commuters of abiding to the standards of cleanliness, avoiding noise pollution and share the privileges of travelling in a comfortable atmosphere. ''We are satisfied with our achievements. This has happened for the first time in India. We want to do the same in Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express and so on. We want to outdo Mr Vijay Mallya and his Kingfisher Airlines. Certainly, a place in the Guiness Book of World Records was our next target,'' Mr Gandhi said.

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