Understanding the importance of providing choices to passengers, Indian Railways offers various types of coaches within a single train, allowing travelers to select their preferred class. These options include First AC, Second AC, Third AC, and Sleeper coaches. Among these, the Third AC coaches have emerged as a popular choice among passengers due to their affordability and comfort.
Recognizing the high demand for Third AC coaches, the Ministry of Railways has introduced the Third AC Economy Coach. This new coach not only provides enhanced comfort but also comes at a significantly lower fare compared to traditional Third AC coaches.
The South East Central Railway has incorporated these Third AC Economy coaches in 18 trains, including the Durg-Bhopal Amarkantak Express, Durg-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express, Durg-Jammu Tawi Express, both Durg-Nautanwa Express trains, Durg-Kanpur Express, Durg-Ajmer Express, and Durg-Udhampur Express. The fair of a Third AC Economy berth will be two and a half time the fare of a sleeper berth, the SECR officer said.
The Third AC Economy Coach offers amenities similar to those found in traditional Third AC coaches, with the added benefit of more seating capacity. While the traditional Third AC coaches have 72 seats, the AC-3 Economy coaches feature 83 seats, providing passengers with a higher chance of securing confirmed berths.
Introduced by Indian Railways in 2021, the Third AC Economy Coaches are equipped with modern amenities and designed to offer a more comfortable and enjoyable journey compared to their predecessors. Each seat in these coaches has its own AC duct, along with provisions for bottle stands, reading lights, and charging facilities.