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High-speed Gatimaan Express flagged off

Gatimaan Express, India’s first semi-high speed train, was flagged off by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday

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Publish Date: Apr 5 2016 11:43AM | Updated Date: Apr 5 2016 4:36PM

High-speed Gatimaan Express flagged off
Photo: ANI
 
Gatimaan Express, India’s first semi-high speed train, was flagged off by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday.
 
Train, which  can reach a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, will operate between Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin station and Agra Cantonment station.
 
It will run six days a week, apart from Fridays.
 
"The launch of this train heralds a new era of high-speed rail travel in India. Railway Minister has been emphasising about increasing the speed of both passenger and goods trains in his budget speeches," the ministry said in a statement.
 
It  two executive AC chair cars and eight AC chair car coaches.  Fare for an AC chair car seat is Rs 750 and for executive AC chair car seat at ticket fare Rs 1,500 per person.
 
"Under this facility, passengers can view various entertaining videos during the travel on their smartphone, tablets or laptops even without internet connection through Wi-Fi," the statement said.
 
"These coaches have been fitted with bio-toilets and are fit to run at 160 km per hour. These coaches have also been fitted with balanced draft gear couplers for a smooth ride," the statement added.