Quite like the hostesses in aeroplanes (pictured above) Gatiman Express will also have hostesses to welcome passengers on board. Picture used here for representational purposes only.
It is being touted as a semi-high speed train and when it launches next month the Gatiman Express will become the first in India which will have train hostesses. Not unlike the airhostesses, their counterparts in aircraft, train hostesses will be at the beck and call of passengers on the Delhi–Agra Gatiman Express. The Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express is set to be launched next month and will be the first semi-high speed train in the country. The launch is expected to be announced by the Railway minister Suresh Prabhu when he presents Railway Budget 2016 on February 25. The Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express will run at the speed of 160 kmph. To put this in context, Rajdhani Express trains, which connect New Delhi to the capitals of various Indian states runs at a top speed of 130 kmph. Also Read - 4-Year-Old Tiger Nadia Contracts COVID-19, US Department of Agriculture Confirms - Read The Detailed Report
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The new Gatiman category of trains will run on nine other routes besides Delhi and Agra: Goa-Mumbai, Nagpur-Secunderabad, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai and Kanpur-Delhi. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Shares Fake WhatsApp Image of India on World Map, Gets Trolled
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A senior Railway Ministry official was quoted by PTI as saying that the aim of the Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express is to provide services that will be at par with those being offered in airlines.
The trains are equipped with a special high-power emergency braking system, GPS-based passenger information system and an automatic fire alarm system. In yet another first, Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express will also have sliding doors in its coaches. Live TV, and the aforementioned train hostesses will also be the other highlights of this train.
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Fare on the Gatiman Express is expected to be 25 per cent more than the fare on the Shatabdi Express and the train’s pantry will serve Indian and continental cuisine. From whole-wheat upma and mini dosas to Kanjeevaram idlis, and aloo kulchas, passengers can also choose continental dishes such as chicken sausages with Spanish egg, white omelette and date walnut slice cakes. Food will be served in bone china crockery.
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Gatiman Express during its test run
Interestingly, this luxury does not come at a very high price. A ticket for an AC chair car on the Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express will cost you Rs 690. Executive class fare on the Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express is Rs 1,365. Chair car fare for the Delhi-Agra Shatabadi Express is Rs 540 and while a ticket on the Executive Class is Rs 1,040.
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The Delhi-Agra Gatiman Express has a 5400 hp electric locomotive that will pull just 12 coaches. The Shatabdi on the same route takes 120 minutes to cover the distance of 200km while the Gatiman Express hopes to complete the same journey in 105 minutes.