Diwali gift..New faster, cheaper Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani

New Delhi, Oct 13: The Railways has decided to give a super Diwali gift- a brand new and faster Rajdhani Express on the Mumbai-Delhi line from Monday. This is the third Rajdhani train on the route, and it will faster and cheaper than existing Rajdhanis. Flexi Fare will not be applicable in this train. Fares will be 19% cheaper, while the travel time will come down by about two hours. "Fare for this train in 2nd AC & 3rd AC will be around 19% cheaper than the maximum flexi fare of corresponding classes of existing Mumbai Rajdhani," an official was quoted as saying.

The new train, with two engines, will cover the distance between Bandra (in Mumbai) to Nizamuddin station (in Delhi) in 13 hours. Presently, the route is served by two Rajdhani Express trains-- the August Kranti Rajdhani and the Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani. Both of them take more than 15 hours to cover the distance between the national capital and the financial capital of the country. While the August Kranti Rajdhani takes around 17 hours 05 minutes to travel a distance of 1,377 km at an average speed of 80 kmph, the Mumbai Central-New Delhi (or just Mumbai Rajdhani, as it is often called) train takes around 15 hours 35 minutes, at an average speed of 89 kmph, to travel 1386 km. Neither of the two halts at Bandra.

The new Rajdhani will have Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches. LHB coaches are of a superior design that reduces the chance of derailment and mitigates the possibility of grievous injury or death in case of accidents. These coaches have anti-climbing features and provision of superior braking.

This new Rajdhani will have stoppages at Kota, Vadodara and Surat stations only. News24Bureau