Indian Railways will start to operate the second Vande Bharat Express fromNew Delhi to Katra on 03 October co-inciding with the Navratri festival season
This was announced by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday who also said that Home Minister Amit Shah will flag off off the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express on 3October.
Piyush Goyal took to twitter to share the information. He tweeted,
"After the first Vande Bharat Express to Varanasi, the cultural capital of the country, the railway is going to run the second Vande Bharat Express from Delhi to Katra on the auspicious occassion of Sharadoya Navaratri. Home Minister Amit Shah will flag it off on October 3,"
Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will cut down the travel time between Delhi and Katra to eight hours from the current 12 hours. 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.
The new Vande Bharat Express train will be slightly modified then the first Vande Bharat Express which operates between New Delhi and Varanasi.
According to railway officials, the new train will have more comfortable seats which will be provide a more comfortable ride to the passengers.
The new Vande Bharat Express will also have a more spacious space in the pantry compared to the first Vande Bharat Express.
- Stoppages of the new train
The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will stop at three places during its journey. The stoppages are Ambala, Ludhiana and Jammu.
The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will leave from Delhi at 6 am and reach Katra at 2 pm.
On its return journey, Katra-Delhi Vande Bharat Express will leave Katra the same day at 3 pm and reach Delhi at 11 pm.
The first Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February which runs between New Delhi and Varanasi.