New Delhi: In what could disappoint many excited travellers, India's first semi-high speed train has not yet received safety clearance from the Commission of Railway Safety which may further delay its commencement, as per reports on Wednesday.
The train, which will be named Gatimaan Express, was scheduled to be flagged off this month. However, since it has not been given safety clearance till yet, it may cross the deadline of November 30.
Equipped with several facilities, the train is considered to be a boon for tourists visiting the city of Taj Mahal. The semi-high speed train will have 8 inch LCD TV screens installed behind each seat. Moreover, it will also have automatic fire alarm with emergency braking system and passenger information system.
The train will also have 400HP electric locomotive and will run at maximum speed of 160 km per hour and is expected to cover the 200 km distance in about 105 minutes.
“We have sought safety certificate from Commissioner Railway Safety to run the semi-high speed train next month as all necessary preparations are being completed now,” Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar had told PTI.
Railways has already conducted two trials of the train in the past and all other arrangements like fencing off certain areas along the route and upgrading of signalling system are being carried out.
(With PTI inputs)