Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Flags Off First New Semi High-Speed Train

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The Union Minister for Railways, Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu addressing at the flag-off ceremony of the India’s first semi-high speed train christened as ‘Gatimaan Express’, between H. Nizammuddin station and Agra Cantt. Station, at H. Nizammuddin station, in New Delhi on April 05, 2016. The Chairman, Railway Board, Mr. A.K. Mital and other dignitaries are also seen.

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New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): In keeping with the budgetary proposal, Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off India’s first semi high-speed train Gatimaan Express capable of running at a maximum speed of 160 kmph, at a ceremony held at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station on April 5.

The launch of this train heralds a new era of high speed rail travel in India. Railway Minister has emphasized about increasing the speed of both passengers and goods trains in budget speech.

Delhi Mayor Mr. Subash Arya, Mr. Maheish Girri, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) were the distinguished guests on the occasion. Senior Railway officers include Mr. A.K.Mital, Chairman, Railway Board, Members Railway Board, Mr. A.K.Puthia General Manager, Northern Railway and Mr. Arun Arora Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Delhi. Following the inaugural run today i.e. 05.04.2016 from H. Nizamuddin, regular services will commence in the return direction i.e. from Agra Cantt. on the same day and from 06.04.2016 from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.

While speaking on the occasion Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that launching of Semi high speed Gatimaan Express was a big achievement for Indian Railways and had fulfilled the dream of Hon’ble Prime Minister. He further added that Indian Railway shell run more Gatimaan trains on different sectors and this would enhance tourism in India. He said it was their aim to increase average speed of all passengers and freight trains and Indian Railway have already started working on mission “Raftaar” and would be accomplished in 5 years’ time.

(Source: PIB/GR/TYP/BIN/USPA/WN/IAIJ)

Doruvu Paul Jagan Babu

International Correspondent for The Yellow Press

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