The decks have been cleared for the launch of India’s first high speed train that will link New Delhi and the Taj city of Agra — in 105 minutes.
An official statement here said the coaches for Gatiman Express had reached New Delhi from Kapurthala in Punjab. Two successful trials have been held July 3 and Sep 11.
When the service starts, the train will leave the national capital at 8 a.m. and reach Agra Cantt railway station at 9.45 a.m. It will depart Agra at 5.30 p.m. and reach New Delhi at 7.15 p.m.
The coaches, sent already to reach Delhi, will have automatic sliding doors, just like the Delhi Metro coach.
Earlier, the officials of the Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory told IANS that the train is ready with the first rake of 17 coaches for the train and the exact date for its launch will be announced by the Railway Board in New Delhi.
In order to cope with the high speed, engineers have installed a smoke and fire detection system and automatic sliding doors in the train to reduce the overall weight, he said. A Wi-Fi system will be installed later, the official said.
The train will bring down the current distance between Agra and Delhi from 3 hours to around one hour and forty-five minutes.