New Delhi: All tickets of new bi-weekly Mumbai-Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express, which will start from Saturday, were sold out within five hours, Indian railway officials said on Friday. The Ministry of Railways on Thursday had announced the introduction of bi-weekly Rajdhani express train.
A senior Railway Ministry official said that the bookings for the train opened on Friday at 11 am and all of its 756 berths for the next few runs were occupied in less than five hours.
The new bi-weekly Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express has 24 berths in AC First Class, 156 berths in Second AC and 576 in Third AC.
The official said that even the Tatkal quota for Saturday’s run of the train was full.
It is the third Rajdhani Express service between the two metropolitan cities. The train will depart from CSMT on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.50 p.m and arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10.20 a.m the next day.
From Hazrat Nizamuddin, the train will depart every Thursday and Sunday at 4.15 p.m to arrive CSMT at 11.55 a.m the next day.
The new train will have its stoppages at Kalyan, Nasik Road, Jalgaon, Bhopal, Jhansi and Agra Cantt.
In Delhi, the train will leave from and arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin station, whereas in Mumbai the destination for arrival and departure of the train will be Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).
The train will take halts and Kalyan, Nasik Road, Jalgaon, Bhopal, Jhansi and Agra Cantonment stations.
All the trains from Delhi until now had entered Mumbai through Gujarat; this would be the first to take a detour and go through Madhya Pradesh.