The Ministry of Railways has initiated a new Rajdhani train on the Delhi-Mumbai route and from the advantages offered, it turns out that this train is possibly the best thing commuters on this route could have wished for. Steering to reduce the travel time by two hours, the train will cover the busy route in just 14 hours with the prevailing rolling stock and infrastructure. It is quite significant for the train to have come up at a time when Railways is losing substantial number of passengers to airlines, particularly in AC2 Tier and AC1 tier since their fares are mostly higher than that of flights.
1. The journey of the new Rajdhani train will commence from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin station and conclude at Bandra Terminus in Mumbai with Kota, Vododara and Surat as the stoppages.
2. The train will start from Mumbai on Tuesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays and from Delhi on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays every week.
3. It will initially operate for three months from October 16 to January 16.
4. The train will reach its respective destination at about 6 am allowing travelers to utilize their day completely as well as avoid the traffic of peak hours.
5. With its inaugural trip on October 16, the Rajdhani service will also cut the cost of travel by Rs.600- Rs.800 compared two the two Rajdhanis- the August Kranti Rajdhani and the Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani, already serving the route.
6. The train will not charge flexi-fare, but the fare will be 20 percent more than the base fare of the other two Rajdhanis.
Ultimately, the total concession will range between Rs.600 and Rs.835.
7. To elaborate further, compared to the maximum flexi-fare of Rs.4105 for this route in second AC, journey in this train will cost Rs. 3270. Similarly for third AC, it will cost Rs.2325 compared to flexi-fare of Rs.2925. Moreover, the travelers can further cut the cost of their journey by opting out of the railways’ catering service.
This special Rajdhani will comprise 1 first AC, 2 second AC, 12 third AC coaches, 1 pantry car and 2 power cars. In order to facilitate better acceleration, deceleration and higher speed, two electric locomotives will haul the train. The maximum speed that it will run at will be 130 kmph but its average speed will be reduced to around 89 kmph because of the curves and speed restrictions on the route. It is also one among the two routes that will be developed into special corridors for high-speed railway services.