It’s been about two-and-a-half months since the launch of India’s 25th Vande Bharat Express, and the Indian Railways is ready to flag off nine new trains.
These will be launched on September 24 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The country’s first such carrier was inaugurated in January 2019 between Delhi and Varanasi followed by 24 more trains on various routes across the country.
The new Vande Bharat Express trains will run on these routes
Kerala is gearing up to receive its second #VandeBharat Express train.
Can you guess the route?🤔 pic.twitter.com/CfhebSaYte
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) September 21, 2023
According to a report in News18, Rajasthan will get one new Vande Bharat train, and both Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Howrah (West Bengal) will get two new routes each. Kerala and Odisha will get one new train each, bringing up the number of short-haul carriers in these states to two.
These nine trains have eight coaches, and will ply these routes:
On July 7, two Vande Bharat Express trains were launched and in June, five such carriers were inaugurated on the same day. Further, Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, said earlier this month that one such train will be launched in Neemuch soon, mentions Mint.
What makes Vande Bharat trains different?
The made-in-India vehicles are the country’s first semi-high-speed trains. They have a maximum speed of 180 kmph and are currently used for day trips between cities. These coaches have facilities such as automatic doors, bio-vacuum toilets, comfortable chairs, infotainment systems, pantry cars, Wi-Fi and CCTV cameras, to name a few. Additionally, Indian Railways is also planning to launch Vande Metro and Vande Sleeper trains next year. The former will cover extremely short distances while the latter will be for longer, overnight journeys.
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