Garib Rath Express
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|Main Operation(s)||India 2005 -|
|Parent company||Indian Railways|
The Garib Rath (literally: "Poor people's chariot") is a no-frills air-conditioned train started by the Indian Railways in 2005 to provide subsidized price air-conditioned long distance travel to passengers who could not afford standard fares of air conditioned class in regular-fare trains. As the fares are less than two-thirds of the fares for air conditioned classes in other trains, the distance between each seat or berth is less, the seats and berths are narrower and each coach has more seats and berths than in air-conditioned coaches in other trains. Only seating and three-tier (78 seats) accommodation is provided in Garib Rath. The passengers are not provided free bedding or food.It is significantly slower than super-fast express trains. The maximum speed of Garib Rath trains is around 130Kmph. But Chennai to New Delhi Garib Rath matches Rajadhani and Duronto traveling time in that route. The maiden journey of the train started from Saharsa, Bihar to Amritsar, Punjab (Saharsa Amritsar Garib Rath Express).
There are 26 Garib Rath Express train services active in India. These have a 3:1 carriage seating arrangement. . They are as follows :-
- Indian Railways
- Shatabdi Express
- Jan Shatabdi Express
- Rajdhani Express
- Superfast Mail/Express, a category of fast Indian trains
- Indian Railways (29 August 2015). "Train Coach Layout". checkpnrstatusirctc.in. Retrieved 2015-08-29.