PM Modi flags off India’s First Semi High Speed Train “Vande Bharat Express"
GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the “Vande Bharat Express" (Train 18) from New Delhi railway station on February 15.
It is to be mentioned that Train 18, or Vande Bharat Express, is India’s fastest engine-less train set, that attained speeds of over 180 kmph during its trials.
Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph and has travel classes like Shatabdi Train but with better facilities. It aims to provide a totally new travel experience to passengers.
The Train will cover the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in 8 hours and will run on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.
All coaches are equipped with automatic doors, GPS based audio-visual passenger information system, on-board hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment purposes, and very comfortable seating. All toilets are bio-vacuum type. The lighting is dual mode, viz. diffused for general illumination and personal for every seat. Every coach has a pantry with the facility to serve hot meals, hot and cold beverages. The insulation is meant to keep heat and noise to very low levels for additional passenger comfort.
In keeping with the vision of Prime Minister’s vision of "Make in India", the major systems of the train have been designed and built in India.
PM Modi flags off Vande Bharat Express