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Pune-Ahmedabad Duronto flagged off
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PUNE: The tri-weekly Pune-Ahmedabad Duronto train was flagged off on Sunday evening. Just over a hundred passengers travelled by this train on the inaugural day.

The non-stop superfast train has a total passenger capacity of 550. However, on the first day, there were just 130 passengers on the train. who had booked their tickets for the train.

Divisional railway manager Vishal Agarwal said response to the train would increase soon. Not many were aware of the inaugural run, he said. The train was flagged off by MP Suresh Kalmadi.

The Pune-Ahmedabad Duronto is the third such special train for Pune. Two other Duronto trains which are already running include Pune-Delhi and Pune-Howrah. The Pune-Ahmedabad Duronto had been announced in last year's railway budget presented by former railway minister Mamata Banerjee.

The fully air-conditioned train has seven III-tier coaches, two II-tier coaches, and one first class AC coach. Barring some operational stops, the train will not halt at any station between Pune and Ahmedabad.

Train number 12297 Ahmedabad-Pune AC Duronto Express will run from Ahmedabad with effect from March 13. It will leave Ahmedabad on every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday at 10.30 pm and will reach Pune on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7 am.

The regular service of train no 12298 Pune-Ahmedabad AC Duronto Express will begin from March 15. It will leave Pune every Saturday, Monday and Thursday at 9.45 pm and will reach Ahmedabad on every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday at 6.20 am. tnnAs this train is an overnight service from both Pune and Ahmedabad, there is no provision of any catering services, railway officials said. The fare for Ist AC is Rs 1800. For IInd AC, the fare is Rs 1010, and for III-tier AC, the fare is Rs 690, the officials added.
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