Train 18 services to begin ahead of Ardh Kumbh Mela

The Indian Railways is likely to begin the much-awaited ‘Train 18’ between Delhi and Varanasi ahead of the Ardh Kumbh Mela.
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The train is 45 percent faster than the fastest train on this route. The train will run at a speed of 130 kmph. It will reduce the journey time between the two cities from the present 11 hours and 30 minutes to 8 hours.

The fully air-conditioned train will have 16 chair-car type coaches. It will comprise of 2 executive chair cars and 14 non-executive chair cars. The executive chair and the non-executive chair car can accommodate 56 and 78 passengers respectively.

According to a source, “Date will be finalised once the Railways gets a nod from the PMO. The train fare is not finalised yet, but it is expected to include the cover of food.”  

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