New Delhi, October 13: As a Diwali gift to passengers, the Railways is introducing a new, cheaper and faster Rajdhani on the Delhi-Mumbai route from October 16. The new Rajdhani will travel from Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi to the Bandra Terminus in Mumbai. It will not only decrease travel time by two hours, but will cost passengers Rs 600-800 less than the two other Rajdhanis already on the route.
“The special Rajdhani will initially run for three months — from October 16 to January 16 — for three days a week. The idea was to reduce the travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock. The trials have been successful,” said Md Jamshed, Member, Traffic, Railway Board.
Flexi fare may not be applicable on this train. “Flexi fare shall not be levied on bookings on this train. The fare of the train, however, will be 20 per cent more than the base fare of the existing Rajdhanis on the route. The concession is between Rs 600-Rs 835,” said Jamshed.
As compared to the maximum flexi fare for the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani for second AC of Rs 4,105, this train will cost Rs 3270. Similarly, as compared to the third AC flexi fare of Rs 2925, this train will cost Rs 2,325.
While the August Kranti Rajdhani takes around 17 hours to traverse the distance between the national capital, the Mumbai Central-Delhi Rajdhani covers it in just under 16 hours. But neither of the three trains halt at Bandra.
The new train will take just under 14 hours to run between the two cities and will have three stops — Kota, Vadodara and Surat.
The train will chug-off from Delhi on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from Bandra on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Like other premium trains, the catering services will be optional in this train further reducing the fare.
The special train will comprise one first AC, two 2AC and twelve 3AC coaches besides a pantry car and two power cars. The train will be hauled by two electric locomotives for better acceleration, deceleration and higher speed. It will run at a maximum speed of 130 kmph.
With inputs from PTI