Claimed as India’s fastest train, Gatiman Express would finally be inaugurated on April 5, 2016 by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, flagging it off at 10.00 am from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. The train aims to ease the travelling troubles and time taken for the tourists heading to the world wonder Taj Mahal.
Post the inaugural run, the train numbered 12050 is scheduled for all six days except Friday, between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra Cantt covering the distance in just 100 minutes. The train makes this feasible with its maximum speed of 160km/h. Departing at 8.50 in the morning from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station of Delhi, the Express is scheduled to reach Agra Cantt at 9.50 am. The evening timings of the train make it depart it at 5.50 from Agra Cantt arriving in Delhi at 7.30 pm. The previous fastest train between Agra and Delhi, the Taj Express, used to take more than three hours to make it to its destination.
Expectations are high on this one as it beats Shatabdi Express, the fastest Indian trains till now by fifteen minutes in covering a distance of 200km (though this might not be a break-through in matters of speed). The train even boasts of the finest services, be it catering or the hi-tech facilities. Hotspot devices have been installed at coaches to access multimedia services by passengers free of cost directly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. Passengers would be required to download an app to access the service. As the service is free of cost, the service providers will show some advertisements for limited duration, bringing Rs. 7.5 lakh to the Railways.
The services are expected to be better than Shatabdi as the fare is 25% higher. The 12 coach train is equipped with a 5,400 HP electric locomotive. The fare of the Executive Class has been fixed to be R. 1,365 while the fully air-conditioned would cost Rs. 690 as compared to Rs. 1,040 for Executive Class and Rs. 540 for chair car in Shatabdi Express. Rather, as speculations are, the passengers will get an assortment of food and variety of choices with even continental cuisine on the menu.
Soon, the Indian Railways plans to begin such trains on nine other routes such as Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.