Southern Railway has embarked on a project to refurbish EMU rakes . The Chennai division has spent at least Rs 5 lakh each on three rakes to redo the interiors by adding CCTV cameras in the ladies coach, replacing slippery flooring and installing fans with bigger blades for better air circulation. One 12-car rake from Tambaram, one nine-car rake from Avadi and another nine-car from Velachery shed have been refurbished.
A map of the suburban rail network has been put up in these coaches. It seeks to benefit many first-time travellers who may not be aware of the suburban corridors or the station they may need to alight. This is on the lines of the facility in metro rail coaches.
The ladies, first class and regular coaches have been given a pink, green and blue coding. Since the coaches are old, the aluminium flooring would be very slippery. To avoid this, the flooring has been replaced with stainless steel and its height has also been elevated. In the first class coaches, a mobile charger has been provided which may come in handy for those who take long journeys.
An important safety measure incorporated in the EMU is the smoke detector in the motor coach of the rake. With these detectors, the motorman will get an alarm and will be able to take immediate action. A front-facing camera has also been provided for recording events during servicing. Switches in all compartments have also been replaced with heavy-duty modular switches which are safer.
The windows have been provided with sun control film which would make it easier for commuters who sit by the window.