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Piyush Goyal welcomes all to witness Vande Bharat Exp maiden journey
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Piyush Goyal welcomes all to witness Vande Bharat Exp maiden journey

New Delhi, Feb 11: Amid criticism of the video shared by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on social media, the Minister on Monday said the much-awaited semi-high speed train is all set for its maiden journey on February 15 and welcomed all to witness its speed.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Mr Goyal said, 'The much-awaited Vande Bharat Express is all set for its maiden journey on February 15. All are welcome to witness its speed and record its inaugural run between New Delhi and Varanasi.'

The semi-high speed Train18, recently renamed as Vande Bharat Express, will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15 from the New Delhi Railway station, official sources here confirmed.

Expected to replace the existing Shatabdi Express rakes for inter-city travel, India's first self-propelled train from the production shops of Integral Coach Factory-- the swanky train features an aerodynamic nose design on both the ends with air-conditioned chair-car formation.

Being developed in a record time of about 18 months, as against the industry demand of about three to four years, the train is designed in such a way to save diesel by dispensing with the power cars and about 30 per cent electricity saving because of advanced regenerative braking system.

The total seating capacity of the new train is 1,128 that's more than the conventional AC chair car trains due to availability of seats in the driving coach and removal of two power cars.

The train set, which got ready at an approximate cost of Rs 100 crore per rake- about half the price of importing such a rake from abroad, has about 80 per cent Indian origin components in cue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Every alternative coach is motorised to ensure even distribution of Motive Power and Faster acceleration, deceleration. All the coaches are connected by fully sealed gangways with integrated bridge plates, where passenger can walk across freely.

On Saturday, the video shared by the Minister on Twitter was trolled for its authenticity. (UNI)