Gatimaan Express, Indian Railways’ fastest train, is all set to get ‘swankier’ under the national transporter’s ‘Operation Swarn’. For the Delhi-Agra stretch, Gatimaan Express runs at a speed at 160 kmph, which is the highest for any train on the Indian Railways network. Financial Express Online learns that Gatimaan Express is one of the trains that has been chosen for a facelift under Operation Swarn and the semi-high speed train is likely to be upgraded by end of August this year. A railway official involved in the project told FE Online that the target for upgrading Gatimaan Express is August 31, 2018. Operation Swarn involves upgrading several Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express trains to what Indian Railways has described as ‘Gold Standard’ at a cost of Rs 50 lakh per rake.
“Gatimaan Express is a Shatabdi-like chair car train. Since it was introduced in April 2016, its rake is relatively new and also of better quality,” the official told FE Online. Under Operation Swarn, Indian Railways has identified 10 parameters such as onboard cleanliness, passenger comfort, punctuality, modular toilets, swanky interiors, onboard entertainment etc. for upgrade. Gatimaan Express already offers several comforts for passengers apart from the speed factor. From an interesting cuisine to WiFi and flight-like stewards and hostesses. Read More
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