Gatiman Express, India’s fastest train is flagged off from Delhi to Agra. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the much-awaited Gatiman Express for Agra from Nizamuddin Railway station today. The Nizamuddin-Agra Gatiman Express is the first semi-high speed service in railways and will run at a speed of 160 km per hour, covering the 188 kilometer distance in 100 minutes.
The train will run six days a week except Friday in both directions. It will start journey from Nizamuddin at 8.10 AM and will reach Agra at 9.50 AM. In the return direction, train will depart from Agra at 5.50 PM to reach Nizamuddin at 7.30 PM. The Gatiman Express train comprises two executive AC chair cars and eight AC chair car coaches. The fare for an AC chair car seat is set at Rs 750 and that for an executive AC chair car seat at Rs 1,500.
The Gatimaan’s coaches have been built at Kapurthala Railway Coach Factory in the Punjab and bio-toilets developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The cost of train is around Rs 50 crore.
There is a provision for hotspot infotainment and the railways has prepared special menu too for its passengers. There will be two sets of menu for vegetarian and non-vegetarian passengers apart from cakes and wafers. In vegetarian menu, a passenger can choose between South Indian and Punjabi food and in non-vegetarian there will be continental dishes and sausages.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has made arrangement for deploying train hostessesalso on board the train. Another unique feature of this train is free of cost on board entertainment facility. Passengers can view various entertaining videos during travel on their smart phone, tablets or laptops even without internet connection through WiFi.