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).
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.