The much-awaited Rajdhani Express service from Agartala was likely to be launched by the end of this week, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) sources said. “The date of launch of the Rajdhani Express from here is yet to be fixed. But we hope to start the service by the end of this week,” chief administrator of NFR A K Jadav told reporters here last night. The infrastructure required to run the new service was ready, chief public relations officer of NFR Pranab Jyoti Sharma said. “A new train with 19 coaches, two power vans and two pantry cars arrived at Agartala railway station on October 14 but there was no confirmation on the date of launch,” Sharma said, adding that the date would be fixed only after a meeting between the top railway officials.
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.