India's fastest train, The Gatimaan Express, has been inaugurated on Tuesday.
Starting a new chapter in the history of the Indian Railways, the train hit the tracks at Hazrat Nizamuddin Station by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (with a music band playing shehnai in the backdrop).
The Gatimaan Express is India's first semi-high speed train which shall make day trips to Agra a breeze. The Taj Mahal is now just a few minutes away. The Gatimaan Express will run at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, covering the 200 km long distance in 100 minutes. Passengers will be graciously welcomed with roses and ushered to their seats by train hostesses (a first, outside of super luxury trains like the Palace on Wheels).
In addition, they will also be given free access to wi-fi and multimedia entertainment including movies, TV shows, sports videos, news and cartoons during their journey. Now, that's a journey to look forward to.
The Gatimaan Express plans to provide the best possible services in terms of food, at par with airline-style catering. The hostesses will be serving both Indian and continental cuisine.
Once a passenger books a ticket they will have option to opt for veg or non-veg food. In veg there will be North and South Indian food which includes Whole-wheat, Upma, Kanjeevaram Idli, pasta, Aloo Kulcha, Chole, Paratha while in non-veg we have offered shami kabab, chicken roll chicken sausages with Spanish omelette and others. At a time of serve, the passengers can opt only two cuisines in meal tray before choosing whether he/she prefers veg or non-veg.
The 12050 Nizamuddin-Agra-Nizamuddin Gatiman Express will run six days a week in both directions, except Fridays since the Taj Mahal is closed that day. As per the Gatimaan Express Timings, the train will start its journey from Hazrat Nizammudin, New Delhi at 8:10 am and reach Agra Cantt. at 9:50 am. It will depart from Agra at 5:50 pm on the way back, and reach Nizammudin Station at 7:30 pm.
The Gatimaan Express has two Executive AC Chair Car and eight AC Chair Car coaches. The train also has a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and automatic sliding doors. The Indian Railways plans to roll out such trains on nine more routes in the near future, including Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.