Gatiman Express, India’s first semi-high speed train, is likely to be flagged off by railway minister Suresh Prabhu on April 5.
The train is likely hit a maximum speed of 160 kmph. It will run between Delhi and Agra and is expected to cover the 200 km distance in 110 minutes.
The railways plans to roll out such trains on nine more routes, including Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.
A senior Railway Ministry official said the Gatiman will have best possible services matching the flight services in catering.
The fare of the train will be 25 per cent higher than Shatabdi Express.
An inside view of the coaches ibnlive
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.
The train is said to be equipped with comfortable seats and would be categorized into two classes namely the Executive Class and Chair Car.
The coaches will also have several beautiful paintings of the tourist places in and around Delhi and Agra ibnlive
Both Indian and continental cuisine will be served. Passengers will have an assortment of food to choose from.
The train will have a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.
To make the journey passenger-friendly, it will have LED lights, reading bulbs and braille scripts ibnlive
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.
Equipped with a 5,400 HP electric locomotive, the train will have 12 coaches. The engineers at the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala in consultation with the team at RDSO (Research Development and Standard Organisation) have improvised the coaches and operations so as to make the journey smoother than what Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express offers.