‘PM Modi has set target’ Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on upcoming Vande Bharat express trains in India

On Thursday, PM Modi flagged off Odisha's first Vande Bharat train between Puri and Howrah. After reaching Howrah by travelling on Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express later on Thursday, Vaishnaw termed the journey extremely comfortable.

Livemint, Edited By Karishma Pranav Bhavsar
Updated19 May 2023
Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat train will be followed by the New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati Vande Bharat train
Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat train will be followed by the New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati Vande Bharat train

With the launch of the 17th Vande Bharat express yesterday, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target that these trains should reach almost all the states by next month. 

While speaking to ANI in Howarh, Vaishnaw said, "PM Modi has set a target that Vande Bharat should reach almost all the states by June...Vande Metro is being designed for a distance of less than 100 km and for daily travel of passengers."

On Thursday, PM Modi flagged off Odisha's first Vande Bharat train between Puri and Howrah. After reaching Howrah by travelling on Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express later on Thursday, Vaishnaw termed the journey extremely comfortable.

"The journey was extremely comfortable and the best part of the journey was interacting with youngsters and passengers," said the Union Minister.

Also Read: India's 17th and Odisha's first Vande Bharat to launch today. Check fare, timings, stoppages, other details

Moreover, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation, several railway projects worth more than 8000 crore in Odisha via video conferencing. The projects include flagging off the Vande Bharat Express between Puri and Howrah, laying the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Puri and Cuttack railway stations, the dedication of 100 per cent electrification of the rail network in Odisha, doubling of the Sambalpur-Titlagarh rail line, a new broad gauge rail line between Angul - Sukinda; the third line connecting Manoharpur - Rourkela - Jharsuguda - Jamga and a new broad-gauge line between Bichhupali - Jhartarbha.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister remarked that the people of Odisha and West Bengal are being presented with the Vande Bharat Express which is a symbol of modern and aspirational India.

"India's speed and progress can be seen whenever a Vande Bharat Train runs from one place to another," the PM said as he noted that this pace can now be witnessed in the states of Odisha and West Bengal. 

Meanwhile, India will be launching at least five new Vande Bharat semi-high-speed trains by the end of June 2023. After the Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat train, other trains like New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati train, Patna-Ranchi route is also expected to run. 

The trials of Mumbai-Goa Vande Bharat trial started yesterday and can be launched soon. Currently, Mumbai has three Vande Bharat trains at present--Mumbai Central – Ahmedabad – Gandhinagar Capital; Mumbai – Sainagar Shirdi, and Mumbai – Solapur Vande Bharat Express trains. The electrification of the Mumbai-Goa railway route was completed last month and the new train service will be introduced following an inspection.

Vande Bharat trains are capable of running at a maximum speed of 180 km/hour. These advanced trains comprise GPS-based passenger information systems, bio-vacuum toilets, automatic doors, wi-fi, and regenerative braking systems.

Officials said the average speed of Vande Bharat trains is better than Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains due to their faster acceleration/deceleration.

The Vande Bharat Express is an electric multiple-unit train operated by the Indian Railways. They were designed by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation and manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.

 

(With inputs from ANI)

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.MoreLess
HomeNewsIndia‘PM Modi has set target’ Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on upcoming Vande Bharat express trains in India

Most Active Stocks

Bharat Electronics

309.55
10:29 AM | 14 JUN 2024
8.6 (2.86%)

Indian Oil Corporation

170.30
10:25 AM | 14 JUN 2024
1.2 (0.71%)

HDFC Bank

1,597.45
10:28 AM | 14 JUN 2024
16.55 (1.05%)

State Bank Of India

840.20
10:29 AM | 14 JUN 2024
-3.7 (-0.44%)
More Active Stocks

Market Snapshot

  • Top Gainers
  • Top Losers
  • 52 Week High

JK Paper

490.70
10:25 AM | 14 JUN 2024
44.35 (9.94%)

KRBL

310.05
10:22 AM | 14 JUN 2024
23.05 (8.03%)

Poly Medicure

2,003.00
09:59 AM | 14 JUN 2024
142.9 (7.68%)

KEC International

935.20
10:25 AM | 14 JUN 2024
66.25 (7.62%)
More from Top Gainers

Recommended For You

    More Recommendations

    Gold Prices

    • 24K
    • 22K
    Bangalore
    73,229.00-212.00
    Chennai
    73,658.00288.00
    Delhi
    73,444.00289.00
    Kolkata
    73,229.00432.00

    Fuel Price

    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    Bangalore
    99.84/L0.00
    Chennai
    100.75/L0.00
    Kolkata
    103.94/L0.00
    New Delhi
    94.72/L0.00
    OPEN IN APP
    HomeMarketsPremiumInstant LoanGet App