The fully air-conditioned economy train Garib Rath (Raipur–Lucknow) was flagged-off from the Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur on Saturday by Union Minister of State for Railways Naran Bhai Rathwa.
The journeys on Garib Raths are relatively cheaper with the railways charging about 70 per cent of the fare payable for journeys by other trains.
Incidentally, the twice-a-week new train is the only express linking the capitals of Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. The departure day from Raipur will be on every Tuesday and Saturday while it would start from Lucknow every Monday and Friday.
The 2536 Raipur-Lucknow Garib Rath has a newly designed AC coach having 78 berths, which has been introduced for the first time in the South East Central Railway.
During the flagging-off ceremony the Lok Sabha member from Raipur Ramesh Bais and state Revenue and Forest Minister Brijmohan Agrawal also graced the occasion at Raipur railway station.
Soon after launching of the train, the Union Minister hinted that Chhattisgarh might get additional facilities in the forthcoming railway budget. Regarding the Garib Rath, Rathwa informed there would be 12 bogies in this train, which includes ten coaches of three tier AC and two coaches for physically challenged passengers.
It will depart from Raipur at 12.20 pm to reach Lucknow at 5.05 am next morning, covering 918 km. From Lucknow it would depart at 6.15 am on every Monday and Friday.