Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has launched India’s first semi-high speed train, Gatimaan Express. The new express train can attain a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, according to the Ministry of Railways. It will operate between the national capital’s Hazrat Nizamuddin station and Agra Cantonment station six days a week, except on Friday.
“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 Gatimaan Express train comprises of two executive AC chair cars and eight AC chair car coaches. The fare for a single AC chair car seat will be Rs.750, and that for the executive AC chair car seat Rs.1,500.
“IRCTC has made arrangement for deploying train hostesses on-board the train. This train will see improved catering and will have options of different kinds of cuisines,” the statement added.
The new train also provides on-board entertainment facility free of cost by a private agency — MyFreeTv.in. “Under this facility, passengers can view various entertaining videos during the travel on their smartphone, tablets or laptops even without internet connection through Wi-Fi,” the statement said.
“These coaches have been fitted with bio-toilets and are fit to run at 160 km per hour. These coaches have also been fitted with balanced draft gear couplers for a smooth ride,” the statement added.