Sunday, June 7, 2015



Gatimaan Express awaits security clearance: Railway Board Chairman

By PTI | 6 Jun, 2015
MATHURA: The first of its kind semi high-speed train service between Delhi and Agra is awaiting the mandatory security clearance before its launch, Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal said here today.


It would take an estimated 105 minutes for the Gatimaan Express, which can touch a top speed of 160 kmph, to complete the journey between the two stations, Mittal told reporters here while on a visit to inspect the Mathura junction.

"The final date (for flagging off Gatimaan Express) would be declared when we get green signal from the Commissioner of Railway Safety," Mittal said.

Refuting some media reports which said the new train will take only one-and-a-half hour for the entire journey, the chairman said "90-minute's journey time between Agra and Delhi, in fact, is brain child of media. From our side, the calculated running time would be 105 minutes."
"Gatimaan Express, in fact, is not a high-speed train. Virtually it is a medium high-speed train", the Railway chairman clarified.

Mittal said high-speed trains run at a velocity of 250 kmph and for that separate arrangement has to be made
"At present Railway is making feasibility of such train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai", he added.

Inaugurating waiting room facility for upper class and sleeper class at second entry point of Mathura junction, Mittal said the Railway was committed to maintaining punctuality of the running trains.
"Eighty per cent of the trains are running on time. However, we are trying to enhance this percentage by controlling different factors like equipment, track among others which affect the run."

"Already we are running over 100 per cent capacity of the infrastructure available for running of trains. Sometimes when one train gets late, it makes adverse impact on other trains", he added.
To a suggestion that the train be stopped at Mathura also, the chairman said adding stoppages would defeat the purpose of introducing the Gatimaan Express, which will be equipped with a 5,400HP electric locomotive and 12 modern coaches.

The senior official also said that unmanned railway crossings are being converted either into a subway or overhead bridges, to reduce chances of accident.

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