Mangalore, May 21: K Jayanth Murali, Inspector General CISF SS Headquarters (Chennai) addressing the gathering after flagging off the first special coach exclusively for central armed police force personnel (CAPE) at central railway station said that the ministry of railway and home affairs have come together to launch a scheme wherein one AC 111-tier coach will be reserved exclusively for CAPE personnel and be attached to a few long distance trains.
The ministry of home affairs will pay Rs 1.56 crore annually for the special coach to the railways.
He further said that the central armed police force personnel who frequently travel long distances by general or unreserved compartments have now been gifted with special coach for their convenience.
In the first phase, seven trains have been allotted the special coaches. In the south zone, this facility has been extended to train no 16031 Andaman Express from Chennai to Jammu Tawi (Wednesday,Thursday,Sunday) train no 12687 Dehradun Express from Chennai to Dehradun(Thursday) and train no.16687 Navyug Express from Mangalore to Jammu Tawi(Monday).”CISF personnel working in Kudremukh, MRPL, Airports can utilize this special facility”, he added.
From Mangalore, the Navyug Express will begin its journey every Monday at 5 pm.The special coach has a total of 64 seats, including 16 under the CISF quota and 24 under BSF quota. When the first coach was flagged off from Mangalore Central, CISF constables Pradeep Kumar, Vinod Maruthi, Anitha Vinod, Jagath and ASI Dharmaiah boarded the train.
CISF deputy commandant V S Thakur,railway senior D M Shankar Murthy,BSF senior commandant Anil Pandey,Mangalore central railway station manager P K Shivadasan and others were present on the occasion.