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Business News/ News / India/  Vande Bharat's tri-colour inspired 'saffron' colour scheme irks netizens, people ask ‘where is the green’
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Vande Bharat's tri-colour inspired 'saffron' colour scheme irks netizens, people ask ‘where is the green’

The 28th rake of the Vande Bharat Express, India's semi-high-speed train, will be painted saffron, which has sparked controversy among citizens.

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New colour scheme of Vande Bharat Express

The 28th rake of Indian-built semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express will be 'saffron' in colour, railway officials said on Saturday.

The new saffron Vande Bharat Express is however not yet operational and is currently stationed at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, where Vande Bharat trains are manufactured.

However, the saffron paint of the new carriages has irked citizen of India.

While Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had said that the new colour of the 28th rake of the indigenous train is "inspired by Indian Tricolour".

The Railway Minister said that 25 improvements have done in the Vande Bharat trains.

Having said so, the images of the new, currently stationed at the ICF, rakes only seem to sport the saffron and white colour, evidently missing the green and blue from the Indian Flag. The 28th rake of Indian-built semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express will be 'saffron' in colour, railway officials said on Saturday.

Mohammad Zubair said, “The green colour in this Vande Bharat is like 'Acche Din'." taking a sarcastic tone to the missing tricolours in the train. ANother netizen wrote “Wheels are green, as per data! But missing dharma chakra in between. 🧐 or I’m missing the whole picture?"

"25 rakes of Vande Bharat Express are operational on their designated routes and two rakes are reserved. "While the colour of this 28th rake is being changed on a trial basis," officials informed about Vande Bharat traisn to news agency ANI.

"A new safety feature, 'anti climbers', or anti-climbing devices, on which we are working, were also reviewed today. These will be standard features in all the Vande Bharat and other trains," he added.

The first Vande Bharat Express was flagged off on February 15, 2019, by the Prime Minister, running between New Delhi and Varanasi. Manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, the train set symbolizes the 'Make-In-India' initiative and showcases India's engineering prowess.

The project to manufacture indigenous semi-high-speed train sets began in mid-2017, and within 18 months, the ICF Chennai completed Train-18.

India's first semi-high-speed train was renamed Vande Bharat Express in January 2019 to emphasize its made-in-India status. The train achieved a maximum speed of 180 kmph on the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section.

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Published: 09 Jul 2023, 06:20 PM IST
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