Green signal for India's semi-high speed train

Wednesday 03rd June 2015 06:16 EDT

The Gatimaan Express, India's first semi-high speed train that will run between Delhi and Agra, at a speed of 160 km per hour is cleared to launch. North Central Railway General Manager Mahesh Mangal said, clearance from the Commissioner, Railway Safety, is all that is now required to flag the train. After a two day inspection of Agra and Mathura, he said that CNG powered rail engines could be used in the eco-sensitive Agra region.

Trials on the stretch are successfully completed and the fencing work on both sides of the track is almost complete. The communication and signalling systems have been upgraded and the train could be hauled by a 5,400 HP electric engine. The train will have 12 coaches to begin with and an automatic braking system and fire alarm.

Railway sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the train in the second week of June.

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