The Indian Railways is set to announce a new set of operating rules for all its trains.
The regulator will make it compulsory for all trains to have a dedicated platform at all stations.
The rules, which were recently released in the latest edition of the Indian Rail Budget, will also require trains to be equipped with at least two seats and a wheelchair for disabled passengers.
This will be especially important for coaches which are often the largest passenger segment of the railway network.
In addition to requiring that trains use two seats, the rules will also stipulate that trains will not be operated on tracks that have been damaged, a railway source said.
This is a big step in the right direction.
In the past, many trains that have come through damaged tracks, such as those on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Express, have been abandoned, the source said, requesting anonymity.
The rules will come into effect from January 1, 2017.
The regulator has been in talks with the railways over how to ensure trains are able to continue to operate on the most difficult sections of the track during heavy rains.
“The train operator has been working on the ground for the past couple of months on a joint venture to upgrade and modernise the track, which was completed last year,” the source added.