The much-awaited second Vande Bharat Express train will start operations on the Delhi-Katra route from October. The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat train is being rolled out during the Navratri festival season, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday.
Indian Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav on Tuesday had said that the trials of the second Vande Bharat Express, which will run on the high traffic Delhi-Katra route, have been finished. "It will be a gift to pilgrims and it will ply in Navratras. We are trying to upgrade our busy routes," PTI quoted Yadav as saying.
Here are 10 things to know about the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express train:
1) The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat train is entirely air-conditioned and has been designed in the shape of a bullet train.
2) The Vande Bharat Express train on the Delhi-Katra route will have three stops: Ambala, Ludhiana and Jammu.
3) The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat train will have modifications like more comfortable seats and pantry space.
4) The high-speed train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra, the last station on the way to Vaishno Devi temple, to eight hours.
5) The distance between Delhi and Katra is about 655 kms. Currently, a superfast train like Rajdhani takes about 12 hours to reach Katra from Delhi.
6) The Delhi-Katra route was chosen by the Railway Board in a bid to capitalise on the high traffic volume owing to the Vaishno Devi temple pilgrimage.
7) The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will leave from Delhi at 6 am and reach Katra at 2 pm.
8) On its return journey, Katra-Delhi Vande Bharat Express will leave Katra the same day at 3 pm and reach Delhi at 11 pm.
9) Running at a maximum speed of 130 kmph, the train will have around two-minute halts.
10) The first Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 was launched on the Delhi-Varanasi route.