Gatimaan Express, India's fastest train flagged off
India's first semi-high speed train (SHST) Gatimaan Express was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday. The train will run between Hazrat Nizammuddin and Agra Cantonment and cover the 200 km distance between the two stations in 100 minutes.
It is faster than Shatabdi Express which takes 117 minutes between two destinations. It should be noted that although it has a top speed of 160 km an hour but it is still half that of trains in China, Japan, France and other countries.
Facts about Gatimaan Express
Aiming at attracting tourists visiting the City of Taj, The 12050 Nizamuddin-Agra-Nizamuddin Gatiman Express will runs at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour covering the 200 km long distance in 100 minutes.
Train Schedule : The train will run six days a week except on Fridays when the Taj Mahal is shut. According to the schedule, the train will start its journey from Nizamuddin at 8.10 AM to reach Agra at 9.50 AM while in return journey it will depart from Agra at 5.50 PM to reach Nizamuddin at 7.30 PM.
Train Fare : A train ride costs Rs. 750 or 1,500 depending on whether one is traveling in the chair car or Executive Class. Fare is 25% cent higher than Shatabdi Express, as atering services in Gatiman Express is also better.
The train is equipped with a 5,500 HP electric locomotive, 2 Executive AC Chair Cars and 8 AC Chair Car coaches. It has enhanced passenger amenities including better catering service, improved coach interiors with wide windows, bio-toilets.
Safety Provisions : The train has high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.
Hotspot devices : Hotspot devices have been installed at coaches to enable passengers to access multimedia services free of cost directly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.
⇒ The service will give users access to a wide variety of multimedia content such as movies, videos, TV serials, film documentaries, video songs, news, sports videos and cartoons.
Train hostesses : Passengers of the train would be ushered to their seats by train hostesses and offered roses. The passenger amenities have been enhanced by providing better catering services under which both Indian and continental cuisine will be served.
Food menu : Passengers will be treated to an an eclectic mix of Spanish omelet, date walnut cake, wheat upma, Kanjeevaram idli, aloo kulcha, mini dosa, chicken rolls and Swiss rolls, served on chinaware.