City witnesses introduction of trains for both elite and poor

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Bangalore, Feb 2 (UNI) The Garden City today witnessed the flagging off of two trains simultaneously, one for the poor and another for the elite class, by the Railways.

Both the trains were flagged off from the same platform. While the premier class train Golden Chariot, was flagged off by President Pratibha Patil, a ''Garib Rath'' train to be run between Secunderabad and Bangalore, was flagged off by Union Minister of State for Railways R Velu.

The fare in the ''Golden Chariot'' train was fixed at 350 USD per day (about Rs 14000), while in ''Garib Rath'' the fare was Rs 515.

While the ''Golden Chariot'' will take the passengers to places of tourist importance, the ''Garib Rath'' connects the two state capital, of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Velu said ''it is a rare opportunity to witness flagging off of two trains, one for premier class and another for people who cannot afford luxury. However, in ''Garib Rath'' the journey is made as comfortable as in any other premier class train. It is fully air conditioned with 78 berths against 65 in normal trains. It can run upto 130 km per hour speed. With an accident emergency light and provision for mobile charging sockets.

Through satellite enabled Global Positioning System (GPS) passengers can ascertain the next station, running speed and time of arrival at the next station, Modular toilets and 16mm thick sound insulation floor board are also provided for better noise reduction inside the coach in ''Garib Rath.'' UNI MSP MV VV RSA MSJ KP1839

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