Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway's first non-stop bi-weekly Duronto Express from Secunderabad to Nizamuddin (Delhi) will be operational from March 14 and passengers can book tickets from Tuesday. The train will be flagged off by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Sunday.

The Secunderabad-Nizamuddin non-stop express departs Secunderabad at 1.30 p.m. and travels faster than the Rajdhani Express by 40 minutes. It reaches Delhi around 12.50 p.m. the next day. The fare is less than that of Rajdhani Express and the train would be operated on Sundays and Thursdays, said the SCR spokesperson.

Passengers will have to book tickets from Secunderabad to Nizamuddin and they cannot alight or board at intermittent stations. The train will have only operational halts and passengers who do not reserve tickets, i.e. general class would not be allowed to board the train, the spokesperson informed.

The other Duronto Express sanctioned for SCR would be operated between Secunderabad and Mumbai and would be made operational before March 31, 2011, added the spokesperson.