Garib Rath Express

The Garib Rath[1] (literally: poor chariot; implies: "Poor people's chariot") is a no-frills air-conditioned train started by the Indian Railways in 2005 to provide subsidized price air-conditioned long-distance travel to passengers who could not afford standard fares of air-conditioned class in regular-fare trains. As the fares are less than two-thirds of the fares for air-conditioned classes in other trains, the distance between each seat or berth is less, the seats and berths are narrower and each coach has more seats and berths than in air-conditioned coaches in other trains.

Garib Rath Express
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Garib Rath Express at Nagpur Junction
Overview
StatusOperating
First serviceOctober 5, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-10-05)
Current operator(s)Indian Railways
Websitehttp://indianrail.gov.in
On-board services
Class(es)3A
Seating arrangementsYes
Sleeping arrangementsYes
Entertainment facilitiesElectric outlets (Limited)
Baggage facilitiesUnderseat
Other facilitiesRentable Bedrolls
Technical
Rolling stockICF rakes (Modified)
Track gaugeIndian Gauge
1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Track owner(s)Indian Railways

Only seating and three-tier (78 seats) accommodation is provided in these trains. The passengers are not provided with free bedding or food. It is significantly faster and has higher priority than super-fast express trains. The maximum speed of Garib Rath trains is 130 km/h which is at par with Rajdhani's and Duronto. The maiden journey of the train started from Saharsa, Bihar to Amritsar, Punjab (Saharsa Amritsar Garib Rath Express).[2][3]

Active RoutesEdit

Train No. Destinations Inauguarted on
12113/14 Pune — Nagpur 19th Jan 2009
12187/88 Jabalpur Junction — Mumbai CSMT 20th Feb 2009
12201/02 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus — Kochuveli 01st Feb 2008
12203/04 Saharsa Junction — Amritsar Junction 05th Oct 2006
12207/08 Kathgodam — Jammu Tawi 08th Apr 2008
12209/10 Kanpur Central — Kathgodam 16th Sep 2008
12211/12 Muzaffarpur Junction — Anand Vihar Terminal 11th Feb 2009
12215/16 Delhi Sarai Rohilla — Bandra Terminus 07th Feb 2008
12257/58 Yesvantpur Junction — Kochuveli 24th Feb 2009
12359/60 Kolkata — Patna Junction 24th Jan 2008
12517/18 Kolkata — Guwahati Junction 30th Mar 2008
12535/36 Lucknow Charbagh — Raipur Junction 23rd Feb 2008
12569/70 Jaynagar — Anand Vihar Terminal 29th Sep 2008
12593/94 Lucknow Charbagh — Bhopal Junction 19th Nov 2011
12611/12 Chennai Central — Hazrat Nizamuddin 21st Feb 2007
12735/36 Secunderabad Junction — Yesvantpur Junction 01st Feb 2008
12739/40 Visakhapatnam – Secunderabad 25th Oct 2008
12831/32 Dhanbad Junction — Bhubaneswar 08th Mar 2008
12877/78 Ranchi Junction — New Delhi 28th Jan 2009
12881/82 Howrah — Puri 06th Jan 2009
12909/10 Bandra Terminus — Hazrat Nizamuddin 24th Feb 2007
12983/84 Ajmer Junction — Chandigarh 14th Feb 2009
22405/06 Bhagalpur Junction — Anand Vihar Terminal 10th Feb 2011
22407/08 Varanasi Junction — Anand Vihar Terminal 03rd Mar 2009
22409/10 Gaya Junction — Anand Vihar Terminal 03rd July 2011
22883/84 Puri — Yesvantpur Junction 20th July 2012

Defunct RoutesEdit

# Previous Service Now running as
1 Yesvantpur–Puducherry Garib Rath Express Yesvantpur–Puducherry Weekly Express [4]


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Introduction of Garib Rath trains". Government of India. Press Information Bureau. Retrieved 17 March 2006.
  2. ^ "Lalu's dream project 'Garib Rath' to roll out". Retrieved 3 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Lalu flags off first low-fare 'Garib Rath' train". Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  4. ^ The Hindu, Retrieved 09 July 2020

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