Gatimaan Express, India’s fastest train, to hit tracks next week
Gatimaan Express, India’s first semi high-speed train, will cover the 184 kilometre-distance from Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi to Agra in 100 minutes.
The Indian Railways aims to beat its speed record after a gap of 28 years with the inaugural run of the Gatimaan Express on Tuesday.
Gatimaan Express, India’s first semi high-speed train, will cover the 184 kilometre-distance from Hazrat Nizamuddin station to Agra in 100 minutes, clocking a maximum speed of 160 kmph. The Bhopal Shatabdi–with a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour–is currently India’s fastest train.
Railways minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off the train at Hazrat Nizamuddin station in the presence of minister of state Manoj Sinha and three MPs including, Karan Singh and Parvez Hashmi.
“The Gatimaan holds huge symbolic value, as it will also showcase the future of rail travel in India,” Neeraj Sharma, chief public relations officer of Northern Railway, said.
It has been indigenously built, with one train costing an estimated Rs 50 crore, at the rate of approximately Rs 3 crore per coach. The 12 coach train – with two executive classes, eight chair cars and two pantry coaches – will have hotspot infotainment options, besides being fitted with bio-toilets, LED lights and microbusters for good fragrance.
Fares for Gatimaan have been fixed at Rs. 750 for chair car and Rs. 1500 for executive class as against the existing Shatabdi fare of Rs. 515 for chair car and Rs. 1010 for executive class.
Fares for Gatimaan have been fixed at Rs 750 for chair car and Rs. 1500 for executive class.
As part of plans to monetise train services, the railways have worked out two package tours with separate tariffs for domestic and foreign travelers.
Apart from the fare component – a one-day package tour will cost Rs. 1967 for domestic passengers and Rs. 3197 for foreigners. The package offer for a two-day tour for domestic passengers has been fixed at Rs. 14243 and Rs. 16121 for foreigners.
The package rates, however, are in for an upward revision on account of the hike in entry charges at the Taj Mahal, sources said.
The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will manage the catering and hospitality operations on the Gatimaan. A choice of cuisine including Punjabi, South Indian and continental food will be on offer.
Each coach will have a uniformed host and a hostess to greet passengers. Train coaches will have murals and paintings depicting places of historical importance in Delhi and Agra.
Gatimaan will leave Hazrat Nizamuddin at 8.10am everyday and reach Agra at 9.50am. From Agra, the train will depart at 5.50pm to reach New Delhi at 7.30pm.
Some Things You Should Know About The Gatimaan Express:
– Engine of Gatimaan Express is powered by 5,400HP electric locomotive and the train will have 12 modern coaches
– On June 2nd, during the 2nd trial run of the train, it departed New Delhi’s Paharganj Railway station at 11.15 AM and arrived at Agra Cannt. railway station at 1.10 PM. There was a delay of 10 minutes.
– To attain highest speed of 160+ km/hr, Railways have fenced off the tracks at some sections, and signaling mechanism have been upgraded.
– One way fare for AC Chain Car (CC) category has been finalized at Rs 690, which is 25% more than the fare of Shatabdi Express in the same route. Rs 1365 would be the fare for Executive Class.
– As per the initial plan, the train will start from New Delhi at 8 AM and reach Agra by 9.45 AM, thereby covering a distance of 195 kms in 115 minutes. From Agra, the train will start at 5.30 PM and reach Delhi at 7.15 PM.
– The train is equipped with additional security features such as automatic fire alarm, emergency breaking system, sliding doors and advanced passenger information system.
– The coaches for this train have been designed specially at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala in consultation with RDSO (Research Development and Standard Organisation). Each coach will cost around Rs 2.5 crore. Besides 12 regular coaches, there would be 2 spare coaches as well.
– 8 inch LCD will be provided behind every seat of this train. Initially, these will showcase pre-programmed content, like in-flight entertainment system. Later on, provision of live-feed would be implemented, powered by satellite television and content distribution.