These new trains will include an additional 25 features, according to the railways.
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Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to virtually flag off nine Vande Bharat Express trains on September 24, including the inauguration of the Vande Bharat train service on the Patna-Howrah and Ranchi-Howrah routes for the state of West Bengal, via video conference. These new trains will include an additional 25 features, according to the railways, which will improve the passenger experience.
Patna-Howrah Route Gears Up for Semi High-Speed Operations
Tracks on the Patna-Jhajha-Asansol-Burdwan-Howrah main line are being strengthened in preparation for the semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express. Declared to be the swiftest direct rail link between Patna and Kolkata, this train will traverse the 535 km distance in a mere 6 hours and 30 minutes.
Vande Bharat Express Legacy and current footprint
The first Vande Bharat Express, a testament to India's 'Make-In-India' initiative and engineering capabilities, was flagged off on February 15, 2019, connecting New Delhi and Varanasi. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai is credited with crafting this marvel. Remarkably, the indigenous semi-high-speed train sets project, initiated in mid-2017, saw the completion of Train-18 within 18 months.
Renamed as the Vande Bharat Express in January 2019 to accentuate its indigenous roots, it clocked a peak speed of 180 kmph on the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section.
As it stands, India enjoys the services of 25 Vande Bharat Express trains, spanning 50 routes – 25 each way. The distribution includes four in the Northern Zone, three each in the Southern and Central Zones, and a mix in other zones, reinforcing its pan-India reach.