NEW DELHI :
The New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express, that was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, has completed a year in service, logging 3.8 lakh km and a cumulative earning of ₹92.29 crore with 100 per cent occupancy, the Northern Railway said on Tuesday.
The Vande Bharat Express, the first indigenous train of the Indian Railways, was dedicated to the nation by Modi on February 15 last year and it started its commercial run from New Delhi to Varanasi two days later (February 17, 2019).
It covers the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in eight hours and runs on all days of the week, except Monday and Thursday. It has 16 air-conditioned coaches. All the coaches have a stainless steel car body equipped with automatic doors with sliding footsteps, onboard computers for train control and remote monitoring.
The coaches also have a GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, on-board hotspot Wi-Fi and comfortable seating arrangements.
The train's maintenance is being done by the Delhi Division of the Northern Railway.
Vande Bharat Express was built by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai in October 2018.
The train with some world-class amenities currently runs on New Delhi-Varanasi and New Delhi- Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra routes.