Come Tues­day, take a faster and cheaper Ra­jd­hani Exp

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Man­thanK.Me­hta @times­

Mum­bai: A faster and cheaper Ra­jd­hani Ex­press will be in­tro­duced for Mum­bai next week. The in­au­gu­ral train will run from Hazrat Niza­mud­din on Oc­to­ber 16, while the first train from Mum­bai will op­er­ate from Oc­to­ber 17 (Tues­day).

This tri­weekly ex­press train will be in­tro­duced on a trial ba­sis for three months to gauge pub­lic re­sponse to flat in­crease in fare against the ex­ist­ing flex­i­fare, which is ap­pli­ca­ble in the other two daily Mum­bai Ra­jd­hani Ex­press. “It will take 13 hours and 55 min­utes com­pared to 15 hours and 55 minu- tes taken by the present Ra­jd­hani,” an In­dian Railway of­fi­cial said. It will run at a max­i­mum speed of 130 kmph.

Un­like the other two Ra­jd­ha­nis where dy­namic fare is ap­pli­ca­ble, the spe­cial Ra­jd­hani will have fixed fare ir­re­spec- tive of de­mand, but it will costlier by 20% com­pared to their base fare. In the spe­cial Ra­jd­hani, the fare of the AC 3-tier will be around Rs 500-600 cheaper than the max­i­mum flex­i­fare in the other two Ra­jd­hani, while the AC 2-tier fare will be around Rs 700-800 cheaper.

It will leave Ban­dra at 4.05 am on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day and reach Niza­mud­din at 6.10 am the next day. From Niza­mud­diin, it will de­part at 4.15 pm on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day and ar­rive at Ban­dra at 6.10 am the next day. It will halt at Su­rat, Vado­dara and Kota. The train will have one first AC, two 2AC and twelve 3ACs.

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