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India's fastest Gatimaan Express to slow down on extended run

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

India's fastest train, Gatimaan Express, which runs at a speed of 160 kmph, will slow down to 130 kmph after it is extended to and Jhansi, according to senior railways officials.

Railway ministry officials say the has taken a decision to extend the route of - which runs between and at a speed of 160 kmph - to and then to

On the new stretch, the train will run at a speed of 130 kmph and not at its original speed.

"The Agra-Gwalior-route is fit for only 130 kmph only, so the train has to run at that speed," officials said.

The train's extended run, expected to begin any day now, however, is stuck as the board is still contemplating the fare structure, ministry sources indicate.

The difference in speed limits is making their task difficult.

At present, the fare for travelling in an executive class is Rs 1,505 and a booking for AC Rs 755 between and

The board now faces two options: either to reduce the ticket fare in lieu of the reduced speed on Agra-Gwalior-stretch or stick with the structure for the better amenities it provides.

is equipped with modern amenities including bio-toilets, fire alarms, GPS-based passenger information system, automatic sliding doors and free

Officials say the decision to extend the train's run was taken because it reaches in the morning and then it is stationed there all day.

Now, it will make its way to Jhansi.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 17:55 IST