The much-awaited Rajdhani Express, connecting Agartala with New Delhi, would be launched soon, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) sources said today. A train with 19 coaches, two power vans and two pantry cars reached Agartala railway station on Saturday, the sources said. “The coaches have arrived but the date of inauguration and the name of the dignitary who would be launching the service are yet to be finalized. The process for ensuring a hassle-free journey has begun,” the chief public relations officer of NFR, Pranab Jyoti Sharma, told PTI over phone. Chief operations manager A.K. Biswas, who looks after freight and passenger train operations, also expressed his ignorance over the date of launch of the new service.
Last week, a new, cheaper and faster Rajdhani was announced by the Railways as a Diwali gift to commuters on the Delhi-Mumbai route. The special train, which was introduced to the sector on October 16 from Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi to the Bandra Terminus in Mumbai, will not only decrease travel time by two hours, but will cost passengers Rs 600-800 less than the two other Rajdhanis already on the route. “The special Rajdhani will initially run for three months — from October 16 to January 16 — for three days a week. The idea was to reduce the travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock.