First semi-high speed train Gatiman Express flagged off from Delhi
India’s First Semi-High Speed Train (SHST) Gatimaan Express was flagged off between New Delhi and Agra.
It was flagged off by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Nizamuddin Railway station in New Delhi and reached Agra on time in 100 minutes. It is faster than Shatabdi Express which takes 117 minutes between two destinations.
- The Nizamuddin-Agra Gatiman Express runs at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour. For first time train hostesses will be present on board of the train.
- It covers the 200 km distance between two destinations in one hours and 40 minute (100 minutes). The train will run six days a week except Friday in both directions.
- The train is equipped with a 5,500 HP electric locomotive, 2 Executive AC Chair Cars and 8 AC Chair Car coaches.
- It has enhanced passenger amenities including better catering service, improved coach interiors with wide windows, bio-toilets.
- It has high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS—based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.
- Besides there are also free multimedia services enabling passengers to view movies, news and cartoons during their journey to Agra.
- Wi-Fi hotspot devices also have been installed at coaches to enable passengers to access multimedia services free of cost directly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.
Tags: Current Affairs 2016