India’s First Semi High-speed Train:Delhi-Agra at 160 kmph

Gatimaan Express, the first semi high-speed train service between Delhi and Agra which would touch speeds of up to 160kmph, is likely to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the second week of June.

The trials of the semi-high speed train have already been conducted twice on the 200-km-long tracks between the two destinations and awaited now is the mandatory clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS).

“The clearance from CRS is expected any time and we are gearing up to launch the train by June 9,” said a senior Rail Ministry official.

“The train ran at 160 kmph on almost 50% of the stretch. Now, this is the fastest train in the country,” Anurag Sachan, divisional railway manager.

The train also comes with features such as emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm along with the passenger information system and sliding doors inside the coaches.

Railways has chalked out nine more routes for running similar trains, including Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh—Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.

Gatimaan will operate on all days of the week except Friday, departing from Hazrat Nizamuddin at 8.10 am to reach Agra at 9.50 am. On its return journey, the train will depart from Agra at 5.50 pm to reach New Delhi at 7.30 pm.

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