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Special Rajdhani between Delhi, Mumbai from Oct 16: Five facts about the train

The special Rajdhani will not have the flexi-fare system.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2017 16:40 IST
Special Rajdhani,Rajdhani Express,Delhi
The special Rajdhani will be introduced on an experimental basis for three months to gauge the response of the public to a concept of flat increase in fares against existing flexi-fare.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT File Photo)

The Indian Railways will run a special Rajdhani train between Delhi and Mumbai beginning Monday that will decrease the travel time the existing Rajdhanis take by two hours.

The special train will not have the flexi-fare system. Here are five things to know about the new train:

1) The new Rajdhani will run from Delhi on three days -- Wednesday, Friday and Sunday -- at 4.15pm and will reach Mumbai at 6.10am the next day. It will leave Mumbai on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4.15pm and reach Delhi at 6.10am.

2) Railway Board member Md Jamshed said the special Rajdhani will initially run for three months. “The idea was to reduce the travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock. The trials have been successful,” he said.

The railway ministry said the train would be introduced on an experimental basis to gauge the response of the public to a concept of flat increase in fares against existing flexi-fare.

3) The train that will run between Delhi’s Nizamuddin station and Mumbai’s Bandra terminal will have ‘specialised’ catering facilities. The passengers can opt out of the catering services.

4) The base fare of the train will be 20% higher than the existing Rajdhanis, but will not have flexi fare system. In September 2016, the railways had introduced flexi-fare for premier trains -- Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi.

Under this, the base fare increases by 10% with every 10% of berths sold, subject to a prescribed limit. There was no change in the existing fare for 1AC and EC class of travel.

But on December 19, Railways started to provide 10% rebate on any seat left vacant after the preparation of the chart.

As compared to the maximum flexi fare for the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani for second AC of Rs 4,105, the new train will have a fixed price of Rs 3270. As compared to the third AC flexi fare of Rs 2925, the new train will cost Rs 2,325.

5) The train will stop at Kota, Surat and Vadodra. A railway official said to increase the maximum speed of the train to 130 kmph, it will be hauled by two WAP5 locomotives of 5,400 horsepower each.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 13:50 IST