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First Garib Rath set to flag off tomorrow

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 16:01 IST
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The Saharsa-Amritsar

Garib Rath

, the first of four trains aimed at providing airconditioned comfort to the poor at a subsidised fare conceived by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, will be flagged off by him on Wednesday.

Prasad will flag off the train from Saharsa station of the East Central Railway zone.

The Garib Rath is the brainchild of Prasad who in his budget speech in Parliament had announced providing air conditioned comfort for the poor at subsidised fares.

The bi-weekly train will be fully airconditioned with 12 AC-3 coaches, four AC chaircars and two for the handicapped, chief public relation officer of ECR AK Chandra said.

While an AC-3 coach has 64 berths, the same on the Garib Rath will have 75 and chaircars will have a seating capacity of 102 against the normal 90, he said.

The fare in the Garib Rath AC-3 coach for a journey from Saharsa to Amritsar will be Rs 691, when it is around Rs 1200 in other trains. The sleeper class fare for the same distance is Rs 445.

The train will start from Saharsa every Tuesday and Friday and from Amritsar every Wednesday and Sunday.

The Saharsa-Amritsar Garib Rath is the first among the four such trains announced by the Railway minister. Three other Garib Raths will run between Patna and New Delhi, Delhi-Bandra and Delhi-Chennai.

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