Garib Rath to New Delhi flagged off

The so called ‘Garib Rath’, a weekly super fast train from Chennai to New Delhi, will be a boon for the poor traveller. The train, with its A/C coaches, will travel to Delhi in a little over 28 hours. It will start from the city (2611) on Saturdays morning 6.10 and reach Delhi on Sundays at 10.15 am. On its return (2612) it will start from New Delhi on Mondays at 4 pm and reach Chennai at 8.10 pm. Fares on the new train were not revealed in newspaper reports. The Garib Rath can travel up to a speed of 130 km/hr.
The first train was flagged off by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday.
Some readers may have travelled by Rajdhani Express to Delhi. Please leave a comparative report in the comments section.

6 Comments so far

  1. Sathish (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    The funny thing is how can the poor pay the charges for A/C. Even if it is priced lesser than A/C in TN express etc still the charges will be prohibitively high for a poor person to travel in it. Or am i missing something?

  2. Sooper subbarayan (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 8:43 pm sathish…you are missing the point…it is not meant for poor people that way immediately….

    When this noble idea is dumped on the people, the costs for it to run have to borne by the taxpayers…who will end up being poorer and then a big chunk of indian population will end up acquiring eligibility to travel by this train…so it will entice eligibility……whether the Ghooreeb junta will eventually end up travelling to delhi just to enjoy their poverty will be interesting to observe…

    dhamma visyathula sosaleesame adangeerukku….laloo saar is a genius….

  3. Mehak (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

    Technically its Chennai to Hazrat Nizamuddin not New Delhi !!

  4. kokki_kumar (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 1:28 am

    haha.. sooper subbarayan’s logic is gr8. and that, sadly, may end up becoming the truth as well :) the question that needs to be addressed is if the poor even buy tickets in 2nd class non-ac to go to delhi. is this the 1st such garib-rath in india? we heard some noises about these a while back..

  5. nandhu (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    mehak, u are right. but the train will travel to delhi. i think hazrat nizamuddin is in delhi.

    i think the a/c coaches are subsidised for the poor, hence the name.

  6. suppamani (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    I wish this to continued with much care and should not be ignored by the Govt. official as usual and pray not to erase from the mind as for the once popular slogan “GARIBI HATAO” the pet slogan of late PM Indhira Gandhi.

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