New Delhi: Trials of the second Vande Bharat Express, which will run on the high traffic Delhi-Katra route, have been finished, said Indian Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav.

"It will be a gift to pilgrims and it will ply in Navratras. We are trying to upgrade our busy routes. Similar trains for Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes will be ready by December 2021," said Yadav.

"40 Vande Bharat trains will come out by 2022. New specifications are being worked on. There would be transparency, it will be a 'Make in India' project," Yadav further said.

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 from the current 12 hours.

The first Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 was launched on the Delhi-Varanasi route.

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