The Indian Railways will launch a special Rajdhani train between two metro cities, Delhi and Mumbai from Monday. The special Rajdhani will reduce the travel time by two hours and will not have the flexi-fare system.
The train will run from Delhi on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 4.15 pm. It will reach Mumbai at 6.10 am the next morning.
In Mumbai, one can board the same train on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4.15 pm and it will reach Delhi at 6.10am. The railway board member, Md Jamshed said the special train will at first run for three months.
“The idea was to reduce the travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock. The trials have been successful,” he said.
As per the railway ministry, the train would be introduced on a pilot basis to see the response of public on a flat increase in fares against the current flexi-fare system.
The train will have ‘specialised’ catering facilities and the travellers can pass up the services. The base fare will be 20% higher than the existing Rajdhanis. The railways had introduced flexi-fare for premier trains like Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi in September 2016.