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Debarghya Poddar, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
Gatimaan Express is a semi high speed train that runs between Delhi and Agra in India. It operates at a speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) and is the fastest train in India. The train will take a travel time of 100 minutes to cover 188 kilometres (117 mi) journey from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantonment railway stations.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday flagged off India’s fastest train, the “semi-bullet” Gatimaan Express, from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in New Delhi. Gatimaan will run between Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and Agra Cantonment Station. The proper commercial run of the train will commence from April 6. The 12049/50 Gatimaan Express will clock a speed of 160 km per hour speed in the Tughlakabad-Agra section. Prior to that, it is slated to run at 120 km per hour. The train’s fares will be higher than that of a Shatabdi. The train will have 12 coaches of Executive Class as well as chair cars. It is yet to be decided whether to allow commercial booking for the inaugural run or start it the following day. With its timing not proving to be much to boast about, Railways has decided to present exceptional on-board services as Gatimaan’s USP. According to a Railway Board member, the train will have “Rail Hosts and Hostesses” dressed in a blue uniform, specially designed for them. A private service provider has been appointed to carry out end-to-end passenger interface activities including checking of the tickets. Passengers will also get a wide variety of food options to choose from — continental, Indian, Italian, Indian and others.