Duronto Express, first non-stop train from Pune to DelhiNews — By The Desk on September 29, 2009 at 12:05 PM
Pune Mirror: Pune and Delhi just got closer. The first non-stop Duronto train of the Central Railway will depart from Pune today at 11 am. The train will cover the distance in 20 hours.
The demand for fast trains on this route have been on for a long time. Railway ministry has now introduced non-stop Duronto trains on several routes, out of which Pune got one on the Pune-Delhi route.
The 2263 Pune-Delhi Duronto will start its maiden journey from Pune today and reach Hazrat Nijamuddin in Delhi at 7 am on Wednesday. The fully air-conditioned train has 16 coaches divided into four classes.
Being a non-stop train, it will only take technically necessary halts, at Vasai, Baroda, Ratlam and Kota. It’ll be a bi-weekly train, leaving from Pune on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Harsha Shah of Railway Pravasi Group said, “Despite the rush on this route, there was no direct train from Pune to Delhi. We feel the train should be a daily one.” Shah added, “ The train does not have a pantry car nor the Tatkal facility. We have demanded these be provided”.
M G Dhamangaonkar, additional divisional railway manager of Pune Division said, “This particular route always has a good number of passengers and the Duronto has helped meet the demand.”
Duronto (meaning ‘quick’ in Bengali) Express trains are a set of specialised rail services, like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express. The Duronto trains are projected to be the fastest trains in India and are to ply between the metros