Rajdhani trips between Delhi, Mumbai get extended for 1 month
In order to meet the extra demand, the Special Superfast Rajdhani (tri-weekly) between Delhi and Mumbai that was launched in October'17, gets another extension from April 17 to May 16. The train was started on an experimental basis for three months. The first extension was from January 18 to April 14, which means it was to cease operations from today. However, due to high demand, WR decided to run the train.
WR launched the train (09003/09004) promising to reduce the travel time on this route by 2 hours but it hardly gets followed. On paper, the train departs Bandra Terminus at 4:05pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and reaches Nizamuddin at 6am, next day, but is always late by almost 2 hours. Similarly, the return train from Nizamuddin on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday too gets delayed.
The train stops at 3 stations: Kota, Vadodara and Surat and has 16 compartments - first AC (1), 2AC (2) and 3ACs (12) and one pantry car. The train can pull a maximum speed of 130-kmph and uses two locomotives (5,400 HP each) for maintaining it. One can deny IRCTC's catering services. Flexi fare component is not applicable for this train.