On its first journey from Delhi to Mumbai, the new Rajdhani reached its destination 47 minutes late. It was touted to be faster than the other two Rajdhanis on the same route by two hours.
The third Rajdhani Express for Bandra Terminus in Mumbai began its first journey from Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi on October 16. The new train was scheduled to take just under 14 hours to run between the two cities and with just three stops — Kota, Vadodara and Surat.
“The train arrived at Bandra Terminus at 6:57 AM instead of its scheduled arrival time of 6:10 AM. We received the train late at Surat itself. It arrived at 3:34 AM instead of 2:25 AM. However, the loco pilot tried to make up for the lost time but factors like fog hindered the effort,” a Western Railway official told Times of India.
The train was running late one-and-half hours between Vadodara and Ratlam but the delay was reduced to 70 minutes by the time it reached Surat. It runs at a maximum speed of 130 kmph.
The cheaper, faster Rajdhani will initially run for three months — from October 16 to January 16 — for three days a week.
Flexi fare may not be applicable on this train. The fare of the train is 20 per cent more than the base fare of the existing Rajdhanis on the route. As compared to the maximum flexi fare for the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani for second AC of Rs 4,105, the train cost Rs 3220. Similarly, as compared to the third AC flexi fare of Rs 2925, it cost Rs 2,290.
The special train comprises one first AC, two 2AC and twelve 3AC coaches besides a pantry car and two power cars.
With inputs from PTI