Dec 17, 2016

Minister of Railways Flags Off Country’s First Humsafar Train

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Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off/inaugurated the first Humsafar clan of trains by launching the following services / activities through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan:
1.      Flag off of Train No 12595/12596 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar(T) HUMSAFAR EXPRESS(Bi- Weekly)(Via Basti)
2.      Flag off of 12571/12572 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar(T) HUMSAFAR EXPRESS(Weekly)(Via Barhni).

3.      Inauguration of two escalators on Platform No. 9 at Gorakhpur Railway Station.

Ministry of Railways had announced in Rail Budget 2016-17 introduction of new type of trains called Humsafar Express. Humsafar train is a fully Air Conditioned 3 AC service having facility GPS based Passenger Information System, Passenger announcement System, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTVs, comfortable seats, mobile and laptop charging points, integrated Braille display, LCD display above compartment doors in the aisle, Fire retardant curtains, etc.

Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain was specially present to grace the occasion at Rail Bhawan. Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla, Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha Shri Daddan Mishra, Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha Shri Pankaj Choudhary, also graced the occasion at Rail Bhawan. Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha, Shri Yogi Adityanath, Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha Shri Jagdambika Pal, graced the occasion at Gorakhpur Railway Station.Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion .

Speaking on the occasion Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, said that at the time of budget our Government decided to launch 4 new products viz, Humsafar, Antyodaya, UDAY and Tejas. Among these First Humsafar Express is launched today catering to Uttar Pradesh. Similarly Gatimaan Express, Mahamana Express were also first launched in Uttar Pradesh. This Humsafar Train has latest technologies like Vinyl wrapping, high quality curtains, Passenger information system which will enhance the user experience of travelling in this train. This train also has safety features like fire & smoke detection system and most of the parts are made of fire resistant materials. He also promised that Escalators will be installed in all the major Railways Stations on priority basis. He said that more Humsafar trains will be launched soon.

Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain expressed that he wished this train will be a good service to the people of Uttar Pradesh. He further said that this is a very happy moment for the people of Gorakhpur. He also congratulated Railways for this first Humsafar Train.

The schedule including timings, composition, stoppages etc. of the train service to be introduced is as under:

Introduction:
1.         12595/12596 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar(T) Humsafar Express (Bi-weekly)
12595 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar (T) Humsafar Express
Station
12596 Anand Vihar (T)-Gorakhpur Humsafar Express
Arr
Dep



Arr
Dep

20.00

Gorakhpur

08.30

08.50


Anand Vihar(T)


20.25

    Days of run:  Ex-GKP – Tuesday, Thursday
                            Ex-ANVT – Wednesday, Friday
    One way distance: 780 Kms.
    Journey time:
From Gorakhpur to Anand Vihar(T): 12 hrs. 50 mins
From Anand Vihar (T) to Gorakhpur: 12 hrs. 05 mins
    Average Speed:
From Gorakhpur to Anand Vihar(T): 61.00 KMPH
From Anand Vihar (T) to Gorakhpur: 64.80 KMPH
    Stoppages: Basti, Gonda, Lucknow, Kanpur Central
    Composition of regular service: AC3-18, Power Car-2 = 20 Coaches
    Primary Maintenance: Gorakhpur (NER)
    Nature of Service: Humsafar Express

2.         12571/12572 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar(T) Humsafar Express (Weekly) [via Barhni]

12571 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar (T) Humsafar Express (Weekly)
Station
12572 Anand Vihar (T)-Gorakhpur Humsafar Express (Weekly)
Arr
Dep



Arr
Dep

19.00

Gorakhpur

09.55

20.30
20.35

Barhni

07.05
07.10
22.30
22.35

Gonda

5.25
05.30
08.50


Anand Vihar(T)


20.25

                   Days of run:  Ex-GKP – Sunday
                        Ex-ANVT – Monday
                   One way distance:  856 Kms.
                   Journey time:
From Gorakhpur to Anand Vihar(T): 13 hrs. 50 mins
From Anand Vihar (T) to Gorakhpur: 13 hrs. 30 mins
                   Average Speed:
From Gorakhpur to Anand Vihar(T): 61.90 KMPH
From Anand Vihar (T) to Gorakhpur: 63.40 KMPH
                   Stoppages: Anand Nagar Jn, Barhni, Balrampur, Gonda, Lucknow, Kanpur Central
                    Composition of regular service: AC3-18, Power Car-2 = 20 Coaches
                   Primary Maintenance: Gorakhpur (NER)
                   Nature of Service: Humsafar Express

The Humsafar coaches offer better facilities / amenities for the passengers, some of which are listed below:
1.     Aesthetically pleasing colour scheme with anti-graffiti coating and distinctive 3D numbering on the exterior.
2.     Pleasing interiors with attractive and colourfully co-ordinated seats, berths, partitions, curtains, improved/hygienic toilets, film type mirrors, etc.
3.     Deodorizer, Dustbins, Sleek bottle holders in the cabins
4.     Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance of the common areas of the coaches.
5.     Integrated Braille displays for the visually impaired.
6.     Hygienic lavatories with odour flushing system
7.     Global Positioning System (GPS) based Passenger information system
8.     Passenger announcement system
9.     Fire and Smoke detection system in the coaches.
10.  Fire detection and suppression system in the Power cars
11.  Equipped with Auto Vending Machine and Mini Pantry with Oven/Fridge
A total of 10 Humsafar trains have been announced by the Ministry of Railways in the new time table.
The fare structure of this train which will have AC - 3 Tier will be as follows:
Out of the total accommodation 10% of total accommodation shall be earmarked as tatkal quota. There is also provision for HO quota/duty pass quota. The first block of 50% after 10% tatkal and HO quota shall  be booked on the base fare for Humsafar train and thereafter a 10% increase for every 10% increase in the passenger block for the remaining 50%.
Base dare of AC-3 Tier of Humsafar Train shall be 1.15 times of the base fare of AC-3 Tier superfast Mail/Express trains, which shall be applicable for the first passenger block of 50% and thereafter a 10% increase for every 10% increase in the passenger block for the remaining 50%. Fare of tatkal quota shall be 1.5 times of Humsafar basic fares. Other charges shall be levied separately.
       Other charges like reservation fee, superfast surcharge, service tax, etc. as applicable shall be levied separately. Catering charges shall be optional for meals. The fare of Humsafar is inclusive of bedroll charges.
       The advance reservation period will be 120 days.
       Normal Child fare rules apply. No concessional tickets and tickets against free complimentary passes which are not reimbursed shall be admissible in this train.
       Defence warrants will be eligible for exchange as per the actual fare.
       Vacant berths left after first charting would be offered for current booking shall be sold at the last price sold for that class with 10% discount on last price and other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, service tax, etc. as applicable will be levied in full.
       The last price of tickets for the train should be printed in the reservation chart for the purpose of charging of difference of fare in the train or charging the passengers of the train without ticket, etc. 10% discount in the last price shall also be applicable for allotment of vacant berths in the train by TTEs.
       Normal cancellation and refund rules apply.
List of other Humsafar Trains to be introduced in future are
1.    12503/12504 Kamakhya - Bangalore Cantt. (Weekly)
2.    14715/14716 Sri Ganganagar - Tiruchirappalli (Weekly)
3.    19423/19424 Ahmedabad - Chennai Central (Weekly)
4.    22317/22318 Sealdah - Jammu Tawi (Weekly)
5.    22705/22706 Tirupati - Jammu Tawi (Weekly)
6.    22833/22834 Bhubaneswar - Krishnarajapuram (Weekly)
7.    22867/22868 Durg - Hazrat Nizamuddin (Bi-Weekly)
8.    22887/22888 Howrah - Yesvantpur (Weekly)
9.    22913/22914 Bandra Terminus - Patna (Weekly)

 

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