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Dhruv Shah, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Gatiman Express, the country’s fastest train, will start plying between Agra and Delhi from April 5. The state-of-the-art train will take one hour and forty minutes to complete the journey. Ironically, on the same route runs a passenger train which takes around eight hours to cover the 195-km distance.
Railway officials have made all the required arrangements to start the most awaited train between the two heritage cities. It will be flagged by railway minister Suresh Prabhu on April 5 from Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi. On the inaugural day, the train will start its journey at 10am and reach Agra Cantt station at 11.40am. The Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express, the first train in India to run at a speed of 160 kmph, is expected to cover the 200-km distance in 100 minutes and will have train hostess. The fare for chair car in fully air-conditioned Gatiman Express has been fixed at Rs 690, while a passenger will be required to spend Rs 1,365 for travelling Executive Class. In Delhi-Agra Shatabadi Express, the chair car fare is Rs 540 and Rs 1,040 for Executive Class.
Like flights, there would be hostesses on the train and catering will also match the standard of airliners and passengers will be greeted with flowers. Both Indian and continental cuisine will be served. Passengers will have an assortment of food to choose from. There will be wholewheat upma, mini dosa, Kanjeevaram idli, fresh cut fruits, aloo kulcha with swiss roll, roasted dry fruit and chicken roll. Chicken sausages with Spanish egg white omelette and date walnut slice cakes will also be served in bone china crockery. The train will have a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.
Indian Railways plans to roll out such trains on 9 more routes including Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur- Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.