The Indian Railways is planning another set of Vande Bharat Express train in between Delhi and Katra for pilgrims travelling to the Vaishno Devi temple. An IANS report quoted an official as saying, the train, which is capable of attaining a speed of 200 kmh, will cut down the travelling time between the two stations by over four hours. He said currently a superfast train takes about 12 hours to reach the destination. The official pointed out that the route has been identified by the Railway Board in order to capitalize on the high traffic volume, which sees a lot of footfall due to Vaishno Devi temple shrine. The first Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 was launched on the Delhi-Varanasi route. It was flagged off by PM Narendra Modi in February and it runs five days a week.
Here is all you need to know about the new Vande Bharat Express which will hit the tracks soon:
1) The high-speed new Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-Katra route will cover the distance within 8 hours.
2) The new set of Train 18 is likely to commence operations between Delhi and Katra from next month onwards, IANS reported.
3) Initially the train will run for three days a week — Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
4)The new Vande Bharat Express will leave from Delhi at 6 am and reach Katra at 2 pm.
5) On its return journey, new Vande Bharat Express will depart from Katra at 3 pm and reach Delhi at 11 pm.
6) The train will run at a maximum speed of 130 kmph on the Delhi-Katra route.
7) On its journey from Delhi to Katra, the new Vande Bharat train will stop at Ambala, Ludhiana, and Jammu Tawi.
8) Unlike its earlier version, which was criticised for lack of adequate space for pantry, the upgraded train has more space to store meals for passengers.
9) It has adjustable seats and improved washbasins, a sturdy aluminium-clad nose cover to avoid damage due to cattle run-over and special anti-spall film on windows to guard against stone pelting.
10) The train has undergone trials on the Delhi-Katra route, which was chosen among others such as Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Chandigarh that were also in the contention for the premium service.