Those heading to Mumbai can now avail of air-conditioned travel for just Rs 299 on a new train that is as fast as the Rajdhani express.
The Yuva Express, a low-cost, superfast, entirely AC-chair-car train, was launched between the Capital’s Hazrat Nizamuddin and Mumbai’s Bandra Terminus stations on Tuesday.
Unemployed youth — those in the age group of 18-45 years — will get a rebate on fares. As much as 60 per cent of the train is reserved for the unemployed youth.
After concession, a Delhi-to-Bandra travel, covering a little less than 1,400 km, will cost Rs 299 — lowest in the country for air-conditioned train travel—and ticket prices start as low as Rs 80 for the first 100 km. For 2500 km, the fare is Rs 399.
To avail of the concession, one has to carry necessary documents as proof of birth and unemployment, said a Northern Railway spokesman.
“Through this train, the youth in Delhi got a perfect New Year’s gift,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said after flagging off the inaugural train at Nizamuddin. “Delhiites will thank the railways for their recent initiatives like Ladies’ Special train, low-cost passes etc.”
For general passengers, the ticket fares are Rs 475 for 1,500 km and Rs 738 for 2,500 km.
For now the Yuva will run only once a week. Departing Nizamuddin at 3.30 pm, it will reach Bandra at 8.30 am.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had flagged off the first Yuva train between Hawrah and New Delhi on December 30.
Apart from Yuva, Dikshit along with Railway Minister of State K.H. Muniappa also inaugurated the “Mushkil Assan” mobile van for ticket booking. “The van will visit neighbourhoods to bring the facility of booking rail tickets at your doorsteps,” said Muniappa. The vans will function on working days between 10.30 am and 4.30 am.