Indian Railways on Friday announced a new ‘special’ Rajdhani Express train for the Delhi-Mumbai route. The special factor in this train will be increased speed and reduced ticket price as Indian Railways plans to ditch the Flexi Fare scheme for this particular experiment. On a trial period, the new Rajdhani Express will be on tracks for three months from October 16 and the public response will decide the future of the train.
With the introduction of the new frontier train, the passengers will get much more convenient facilities and will be able to save their travel time and the tickets will also be light on their pockets. The current travel time of about 16 hours is expected to reduce at least 2 hours after the introduction of the new Rajdhani. In about 30 connecting trains which link the two biggest cities of India, the ‘special’ Rajdhani Express will be the fastest and will ply at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour. This Rajdhani will cost around Rs 735 less for the tickets of second AC compared to the Mumbai Rajdhani which costs Rs 3270 and the third AC fare is said to have been reduced to around Rs 600 from Rs 2925, the flexi fare price of the tickets in Mumbai Rajdhani.
“To provide faster and convenient connectivity to passengers between two metros Delhi and Mumbai, Railways is introducing a new Special Rajdhani Express between Delhi and Mumbai from October 16,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.
The train with three specified traveling classes 1st AC, 2nd AC and 3rd AC will run thrice a week from New Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and will have an equal number of stoppages at Kota, Vadodara and Surat railway stations. The departure timing is reportedly 4.15 pm from Hazrat Nizamuddin and it will arrive at Bandra Terminal at 6:10 am next day.
The Flexi fare scheme which was launched in September 2016 is applicable on premium trains Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express. As per the scheme, the first lot of 10% tickets are sold at the normal price, the price is then increased by further 10% on the next 10% tickets which continues up till a limit of 50% hike.
The scheme as per the Railway Ministry was a hit and up till August 2017 had earned Indian Railways profits of worth Rs 540 crore.