THE Antyodaya Express to Tatanagar (Jamshedpur) in Jharkhand will be inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu through video-conferencing from the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) Saturday. The departure of the rake is scheduled at 1.20 pm from the station. The Antyodaya Express was announced as a part of Prabhu’s Railway Budget 2016 speech. It is meant to be a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, which will cover the distance between the two cities in 25 hours.
“While the train had reached Mumbai in first week of March, a code of conduct applied due to different state elections had held its first journey. After Saturday, the rake will cater to bi-weekly trips,” said a senior railway official.
The rake would be scheduled for every Tuesday and Saturday. Officials said the coaches are fully unreserved, LHB second class with the required amenities.
“Antyodaya Express boasts of many modern amenities such as water purifiers, bio-toilets, fire extinguishers, anti-theft arrangement, cushioned luggage racks with coat hooks and LED lights. The toilets in the new train have been made on lines of an AC-1st class Rajdhani Express,” the official added.
The Railways had maintained that manufacturing cost of these coaches with modern facilities was high, so special fares — 15 per cent higher than the fares of regular long-distance trains — would be fixed. Read More…