The Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) on Friday gave a green light to Train 18. He said the train can run 105 kmph on non-Rajdhani tracks and at 160 kmph on Rajdhani tracks.

Electrical Inspector to the Government (EIG) gave “regular” sanction for running the train. Just two days before, EIG gave a “provisional” sanction for running the train under the subject of having certain safety conditions which had to be addressed within three months.

Sources said now that they have all approvals, the train is to debut on its first journey between Delhi and Varanasi.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters that he will fix a time with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for flagging of the train after the approval.

“It is hereby certified that Train 18 is safe and fit for commencement of commercial operation”, said EIG and principal Chief mechanical engineer.

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