After three months of delay, the much-awaited 160km/hour Gatiman Express linking Delhi and Agra will begin its run soon once the safety clearance is given, Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal said, without giving the exact time it takes.
The train would cover the 200 km distance in around 90 minutes and the coaches were manufactured in Kapurthala workshop for the country’s fastest Express. Two successful trials were undertaken in July and September last year.
Once the clearnace is given, the daily train will start from New Delhi at 8 a.m. and reach Agra Cantonment railway station at 9.30 a.m. It will depart Agra at 5.30 p.m. and reach New Delhi at 7.00 p.m., with plus 15 minutes time during the initial days. The train should cater mainly visitors to the global tourist spot Taj Mahal in Agra.
The coaches will have automatic sliding doors, with a smoke and fire detection system reducing the overall weight of the train. A Wi-Fi system will also be installed later, according to the Railway officials.
The train will bring down the current time taken to cover the distance between Agra and Delhi from 3 hours to half of it, said officials. Once the train starts, the tourists to Agra can plan a day-time trip spanning about 8 hours. Currently restrained to tourist buses or cabs, visitors to Agra often return to Delhi in mid-night.