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On The Fast Track: Train 18 Vande Bharat Express To Be Flagged Off By PM Modi

On The Fast Track: Train 18 Vande Bharat Express To Be Flagged Off By PM Modi
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On The Fast Track: Train 18 Vande Bharat Express To Be Flagged Off By PM Modi

The train will run between Varanasi and New Delhi five days a week.

There’s good news for railway commuters! The semi-high speed Train-18, that has been named Vande Bharat Express, will be flagged off on its inaugural run from New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Replacing the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express, the train will run between New Delhi and Varanasi five days a week. It will not operate on Mondays and Thursdays as it will undergo maintenance. The train will commence commercial operations from 17 February, 2019 (Sunday).

(Read – Train 18: The New Face Of Rail Travel In India)

Here Are The Details About The Vande Bharat Express

  • The fastest engine-less-train will cover the distance of 755 km between Delhi and Varanasi in 8 hours. It will take a halt at only two stations, Kanpur and Prayagraj.
  • Vande Bharat Express will leave from Delhi at 6 in the morning and will reach Varanasi at 2 in the afternoon. During its journey, it will stop at Kanpur at 10:20 AM and at Prayagraj at 12:25 PM.
  • While returning, the train will leave Varanasi at 3 in the afternoon and would arrive at Delhi at 11:00 PM. It will stop at Prayagraj at 4:35 PM and Kanpur at 6:30 PM.
  • Train fare has been revised to bring it down by 0.1% for executive class and chair car. The fare for the chair car is Rs. 1760, down from Rs. 1850 and Rs. 3310 instead of Rs. 3520 for executive class.
  • There is no concession for any class of the passenger such as senior citizens and children. The concession will only be provided for VIP passes, coupons and warrants (military forces).
  • The train has 16 air conditioned coaches with two Executive and 12 non-Executive chair cars. It will have two driver cars, one at each end, for quicker turnaround at the destinations.
  • All the coaches will have Wi-Fi and infotainment facilities. It will be equipped with a GPS-based passenger information system; modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems; diffused LED lighting, and disabled-friendly facilities.
  • Train 18 has been named the ‘Vande Bharat Express’ in order to recognise the Indian railway’s “vandaniya” work.
  • Integral Coach Factory in Chennai has designed and developed the ‘Make in India’ train in 18 months at a cost of Rs 97 crore.
  • Formerly known as the Train-18, Vande Bharat Express became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Rajdhani route.

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