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NEW DELHI: India launched its fastest train on Tuesday when the Gatimaan Express from Delhi to Agra covered the distance of almost 200 kilometres in 100 minutes as planned.
The train, which travelled at the speed of 160 kmph, was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. It reached Agra Cantonment railway station in 100 minutes and covered the return journey in the same time.
The railway minister said, “It is a happy occasion for us as the first semi-high speed train Gatimaan starts today. We want to increase speed of all trains whether ordinary or express as part of our ‘raftar’ mission. It is not an easy task. It will take time, but we have made a plan.”
The minister said Indian Railway would run more Gatimaan trains on different sectors to boost tourism in India.
Powered by a 5,500 HP electric locomotive, the Gatimaan Express has two Executive AC Chair Car and eight AC Chair Car coaches which are fitted with bio toilets. The fare for chair car is Rs 750 and for executive class Rs 1,500.
Painted in royal blue and grey colour combination with a yellow strip in between, the Gatimaan Express is the first train to have hostesses to serve passengers.
The train also offers free multimedia services.