Delhi to Agra in 100 minutes: India's Fastest Train, Gatimaan Express, launchedThe wait is finally over. India’s fastest train – Gatimaan Express is all set to hit the tracks today. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off the train for Agra from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 10 am.
New Delhi: Gatimaan Express, India's first semi-high speed train, has been launched today. It was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
The new express train will operate between the national capital's Hazrat Nizamuddin station and Agra Cantonment station. It will operate six days a week, except on Friday.
The new express train can attain a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, according to the Ministry of Railways.
"The launch of this train heralds a new era of high-speed rail travel in India. Railway Minister has been emphasising about increasing the speed of both passenger and goods trains in his budget speeches," the ministry said in a statement.
The train seems to make a symbolic statement about the Railways finally picking up pace in India’s transportation scenario. The train hits a top speed of 160 kmph, easily beating the Bhopal Shatabdi – India’s fastest train thus far at 150 kmph
Aimed at attracting tourists, Nizamuddin-Agra Gatimaan Express, the first semi-high speed service in railways, will run at a speed of 160 kmph and is expected to cover the 200 km distance in 100 minutes.
The train will have hostess to welcome passengers with roses and usher them to their seats with soft music playing in the coaches.
The 12050 Nizamuddin - Agra - Nizamuddin Gatimaan Express will run six days a week except Friday on both directions. According to the schedule, the train will start journey from Nizamuddin at 8.10 AM to reach Agra at 9.50 AM. In the return direction, the Gatimaan Express will depart from Agra at 5.50 PM to reach Nizamuddin at 7.30 PM.
Equipped with a 5,400 HP electric locomotive, the train will have two Executive AC Chair Car and eight AC Chair Car coaches. According to railways, the Gatimaan will have best possible services matching the flight services in catering.
Since the fare will be 25 per cent higher than Shatabdi Express, catering services in Gatimaan Express will also be better.
Like flights, there would be hostesses on the train and catering will also match the standard of airliners and passengers will be greeted with flowers. Both Indian and continental cuisine will be served. Passengers will have an assortment of food to choose from.
There will be wholewheat upma, mini dosa, Kanjeevaram idli, fresh cut fruits, aloo kulcha with swiss roll, roasted dry fruit and chicken roll. Chicken sausages with Spanish egg white omelette and date walnut slice cakes will also be served in bone china crockery.
The train will have a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.
The fare for chair car in fully air conditioned Gatimaan Express has been fixed at Rs 690, while for Executive Class it will be Rs 1,365. In Delhi-Agra Shatabadi Express, the chair car fare is Rs 540 and Rs 1,040 for Executive Class.
Railways plans to roll out such trains on 9 more routes including Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.
With PTI Inputs