With band bajaa sans baarat and shehnai enjoying within the background, India’s quickest practice, Gatimaan Categorical for Agra from Nizamuddin station was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Working at 160 kms per hour, it’s at the moment the quickest practice in India.
An excited Ministry of Railways tweeted: The launch of this heralds a brand new period of excessive pace rail journey in India.
Preliminary plans was to launch the Gatimaan semi-high pace service on the identical route in 90 minutes.
Nonetheless, the pace obstacles in the course of the trial runs put a brake on the plan and it was relaxed to 100 minutes.
The originating station too was then modified from New Delhi to Nizamuddin. Tracks have been tilted at just a few locations to barter curves at larger speeds.
By definition, is Gatimaan excessive pace?
There is no such thing as a single world normal in extra of 250 km per hour for prime pace rail. Present strains in extra of 200 km per hour are broadly thought of to be high-speed, with some extending the definition to incorporate a lot decrease speeds (e.g. 160 km/h) in areas for which these speeds nonetheless symbolize important enhancements.
Gatimaan Categorical is the primary semi-high pace service in railways that runs at a pace of 160 kmph and is anticipated to cowl the 200 km distance in 100 minutes. In different phrases, it’s a semi-bullet practice.
The Shatabdi Categorical, the quickest practice within the nation till Gatimaan Categorical, covers the identical route of 192-km distance between Delhi and Agra in 118 minutes.
What’s particular concerning the Gatimaan Categorical?
Geared up with 5,400 HP electrical locomotive ‘WAP 5’, and balanced draft gear couplers for a clean trip, the practice has two Government AC Chair Automobile and eight AC Chair Automobile coaches, not seen in every other trains within the nation up to now. The brand new LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) coaches are fabricated at Rail Coach Manufacturing unit (RCF), Kapurthala.
The practice can have a high-power emergency braking system, computerized hearth alarm, GPS-based passenger data system and sliding doorways within the coaches.
The coaches are fitted with bio-toilets. Every coach prices an outstanding Rs 2.5 crores.
There will likely be TV screens on every seat, like in flights.
The practice can have hostesses to welcome passengers with roses and usher them to their seats with gentle music enjoying within the coaches.
The 12050 Nizamuddin – Agra – Nizamuddin Gatiman Categorical will run six days per week besides Friday in each instructions. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
In accordance with the schedule, the practice will begin journey from Nizamuddin at 8.10 AM and attain Agra at 9.50 AM.
Within the return path, the Gatiman Categorical will depart from Agra at 5.50 PM to succeed in Nizamuddin at 7.30 PM.
The Gatimaan Categorical can have very best providers matching flight providers in catering, in accordance with the railways.
Indian and continental delicacies will likely be served. Passengers can have an assortment of meals to select from equivalent to wholewheat upma, mini dosa, Kanjeevaram idli, recent minimize fruits, aloo kulcha with Swiss roll, roasted dry fruit and rooster roll. Rooster sausages with Spanish egg white omelette and date walnut slice truffles may even be served in bone china crockery.
So, at what value?
The fare is 25 p.c larger than the Shatabdi Categorical. The fare for chair automotive in totally air-conditioned Gatimaan Categorical has been mounted at Rs 690, whereas for Government Class it will likely be Rs 1,365. In Delhi-Agra Shatabadi Categorical, the chair automotive fare is Rs 540 and Rs 1,040 for Government Class. Compared, a fast test on Makemytrip reveals that AC bus fare within the route comes within the vary of Rs 400-450 for 24-hour advance reserving.
So subsequent time you wish to go to Taj Mahal, you might take this desi-bullet practice.