Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on 5 April 2016 flagged off India's fastest train, the Gatimaan Express from Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin station.
The train completed its maiden journey from Delhi to Agra in 100 minutes as compared to about 2-3 hours that other trains take to cover the distance.
The Gatimaan Express, which is indigenously built, will run six days a week, except Friday, in both directions. The train runs at a speed of 160 km per hour, covering the 184 kilometre distance between Delhi and Agra in 105-110 minutes.
In October 2014, the India Railways applied for safety certificate from Commission of Railway Safety to start the service. In June 2015, the train was announced officially and numbered 12049/50.
Besides, the Gatimaan Express provides free Wi-fi to its passengers. Also, the train will have stewards and hostesses on the lines of flight attendants.
Powered by a 5400 HP electric locomotive, the non-stop train has two Executive AC Chair cars and eight AC chair car coaches. The fare for the fully air conditioned Gatimaan Express has been fixed at 750 rupees, while the fare for the Executive class is 1500 rupees.
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What: Flagged off
When: 5 April 2016