He also said that the trains having such luxurious coaches giving an aerial view would be decided later. According to IRCTC, these coaches, the first of their kind in India, are being manufactured at the ICF and each has a manufacturing cost of around Rs four crore. "The basic objective behind such a project is to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad," Manocha said.
"There are some trains with glass ceiling in foreign countries, like Switzerland, which enjoy the patronage of tourists. We believe such coaches would also give a fillip to rail tourism in India," he added.
Giving details of the project, IRCTC's Group General Manager (Infrastructure) Dham Ghaj Prasad said the coaches with glass top ceiling would be the first of its type in India and would rival the best anywhere in the world. He also said that the work on the project started in 2015. "The first such coach is all set to roll out this month (October) itself. The coaches will be ultra luxurious with rotatable chairs to provide the passengers an aerial view through partly glass ceiling," Prasad said."Further, the coaches will have ample leg space and also equipped with modern infotainment system for the benefit of tourists," he added.