Know all about deluxe Humsafar Express that launches today

Know all about deluxe Humsafar Express that launches todayKnow all about deluxe Humsafar Express that launches today

Equipped with many facilities, the much awaited Humsafar Express with dynamic fares will be launched tomorrow from Anand Vihar Delhi.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will flag off the fully AC-3 service train between Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar from here through video-conferencing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll promise to revamp railways comes closer to the aam aadmi with Humsafar Express. While it doesn’t have the speed or luxury of a Gatiman, a Tiger or a Talgo, it still gives you far more than you get in the AC-3 tier coach of old trains.

Facts about Humsafar Express:

  • With 16 coaches of 72 seats each and two power cars, Humsafar will run at 110 to 130 kmph between Anand Vihar in Ghaziabad to Gorakhpur, stopping at Chipyana Buzurg, Gonda, Kanpur Central, Lucknow (NR), Barabanki and Basti, covering the distance in 13 hours.
  • Passengers have to shell out 1.15 per cent more as base fare than the normal Mail/Express AC-3 rate since the train is equipped with coffee/tea/soup vending machine, hot and refrigerated pantry and other facilities in each cabin.
  • According to the Humsafar fare structure, 50 per cent of the tickets will be made available for passengers on 1.15 per cent higher base fare and thereafter 10 per cent increase on every 10 per cent tickets sold on subsequent bookings.
  • Other additional charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, service tax, will be levied separately. While the passengers have to pay for their meals if booked, separately, the bedroll is inclusive of fare.
  • It’s vibrant colours are a welcome break from the bland grey and rust you have become used to. And so are the colourful curtains.
  • CCTV, GPS-based passenger information system, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, mobile and laptop charging points with every berth are some of the features on Humsafar trains.
  • PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat drive gets a full play in this train. It has a dustbin in every cabin and an odour-control system in coaches as well as toilets. It also has bio-toilets which ensure ecological and hygienic disposal of waste.
  • A small pantry offers a do-it-yourself option with its self-service tea/coffee/soup-vending machine.
  • The train has a very efficient systems to detect fire and smoke as well as control them.
  • For at least six months, there will be no fare concessions such as to staff, senior citizens and cancer patients.

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