The Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed Parliament on June 26th that the cost of making a luxurious Vistadome coach, which has a glass ceiling, is around Rs 4 crore. The Union Minister informed about the matter while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha. The minister further informed the lower house of the parliament that the railways has 13 such coaches and some of them have infotainment systems. Goyal informed the lower house in a written reply.
In his written reply to a question, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, “These coaches have larger glass windows and good quality interiors. Cost of manufacturing a new Broad Gauge (BG) vistadome coach is approximately Rs 4 crores, adding, “The glass windows of the BG vistadome coaches manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, have laminated glass sheets that do not shatter and zonal railways take necessary precautions during the operation of trains/coaches.”
Of the 13 coaches, one coach each is operational in the Dadar-Madgaon section, Araku valley, Kashmir valley, Kangra Valley Railway and Matheran Hill Railway. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has four coaches and two each are with the Kalka Shimla Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway.