India fastest train-Train 18 to run between Delhi and Varanasi
Train 18- the NextGen Shatabdi
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 1432
ANSWERED ON 21.12.2018
Train 18, the NextGen Shatabdi
1432 Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy
Smt. Ambika Soni
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state :-
(a) the number of Train-18s, the NextGen Shatabdi, proposed to be manufactured in Integral Coach Factory (ICF), and the number of trains on trial;
(b) the salient features and facilities fitted with this train;
(c) whether trains have undergone mandatory safety checks;
(d) the routes on which these trains would be deployed; and
(e) whether the passenger fares proposed would be comparable with those of Shatabdi trains, and the details thereof
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS ( SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN )
(a) 36 train set coaches has been planned to be manufactured during 2018-19 at Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai. ICF has turned out one such rake of 16 train set coaches in October 2018 which was put on trials.
(b) The Train 18 is a Semi High Speed Electric Multiple Unit Train sets with quicker acceleration and contemporary passenger amenities like on-board infotainment and GPS based passenger information system, CCTV, automatic sliding doors with retractable coach footsteps and zero discharge vacuum based bio-toilets etc.
(c ) Yes, Sir. The Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) / Lucknow has carried out and completed the necessary performance tests on Train-18 which also includes mandatory safety checks.
(d ) The first Train-18 train is proposed to be introduced on Delhi-Varanasi sector.
(e ) The fares for this train have not yet been finalized.