Flat-screen TVs in Shatabdi, express trains

Get set to learn to cook an exotic dish or hear some interesting health care discourse the next time you travel on a few trains on the Chennai-Bangalore section or the Thiruvananthapuram-Guruvayur section.

Such shows are being telecast on flat screen television sets on five trains – the Chennai-Bangalore-Chennai and the Chennai-Mysore-Chennai Shatabdi Express, the Lalbagh Express and the Thiruvananthapuram -Guruvayur-Thiruvananthapuram express – in the first phase of the new on-board entertainment programme.

Soon, popular movies and television serials would be telecast directly via satellite on more trains. One of the first services to have this system was the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Shatabdi Express, say railway officials.

However, the move has not gone down well with some early morning commuters. “Who is interested in a flat screen television blaring about how to cook pasta at 6 in the morning when one wants to sleep,” asked M Venkatakrishnan, who recently travelled on the Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi express.

It would be better if head phones were given to passengers instead of the televisions blaring and disturbing sleeping passengers, he said.

Since last week, passengers travelling on the Chennai-Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi trains have been viewing these programmes. Four flat screen monitors have been installed in all coaches.

Soon, “the on-board entertainment system will include films, music, a photo gallery, games, information about the various destination cities, routes and other features,” said officials. A few months later, every seat will have its own TV console fitted with head phones for entertainment, they added.

Informed sources said Shatabdi Express superfast trains connecting nearest metro cities and important tourist, pilgrimage and business centres are the among the first to get this facility.

The three-year contract for the five trains has been awarded to Choice Vision, Trivandrum and its subsidiary Transvision Digital Media Private Limited, Chennai.

Southern railway chief public relations officer V J Accamma confirmed the move and said that “as of now only public awareness messages and a few other programmes are being telecast.


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