Northern Railways, one of the 16 zones of IR will be launching a special Shatabdi train between Delhi and Agra from October 3rd to facilitate tourists, athletes and officials visiting the Taj Mahal especially during the Commonwealth Games (CWG). The special train that will run at a speed of 140 km/hr will function non-stop and would depart Delhi in the morning and reach Agra in 75 minutes. It will return to Delhi in the evening the same day.
Manish Tiwary, CPRO, Northern Railway said, “This train will have a capacity of 600 persons. We are consulting the organising committee to fix the fare for the route. We plan to charge in accordance to the prevailing Shatabdi Express' fares. In addition, we will be using LHB coaches, those used in Shatabdis and Rajdhanis, to give passengers a comfortable ride.”
The railways are also chalking out plans to launch services to Jaipur city, Rajasthan if they get a positive response from the railway board. The railways have already announced that the special heritage, which runs with steam engines, will operate between Delhi and Rewari at the weekends. Northern Railways currently covers the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and the Union territories of Delhi and Chandigarh.