India’s fastest train Vande Bharat, PM Modi flags off engine-less Vande Bharat Express, Indian Railways Train 18 launch a creates history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged off the Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi railway station, and with this Indian Railways has created history!
The 16-coach train was built in 18 months at a cost of Rs 97 crore by the Integral Coach Factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli, in 18 months. The first locomotive-less train in the country is being seen as a successor to the 30-year-old premier Shatabdi Express.
While the prime minister chaired an emergency Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meet in the morning to tackle the dastardly terror attack, he is also expected to launch the Vande Bharat Express today.
“Going ahead with Vande Bharat Express inauguration despite Pulwama attack befitting answer to terrorists,” said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who was also attending the event.
The Railways recently named the indigenously manufactured Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express in an acknowledgement of its Made-in-India status. The semi-high speed train is set to run between New Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kilometre per hour.
It is expected to run between the aforesaid destination for five days in a week except for Monday and Thursday. The Vande Bharat Express is expected to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 130 km/hr and is expected to cover a distance of 750 kilometres in eight hours.