Vande Bharat Exp to start commercially from Feb 17; AC chair car journey to cost 1.4 times of Shatabdi

Vande Bharat Exp to start commercially from Feb 17; AC chair car journey to cost 1.4 times of Shatabdi

Agency News

New Delhi, Feb 12: Indian Railways on Tuesday announced that the much-awaited semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express, initially code named as Train18, will start its commercial run from February 17 after being formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15 and the basic fare of its AC chair car will be 1.4 times of the basic fare of AC chair car of Shatabdi train.

For the executive class of the Vande Bharat Express, a passenger will have to spend 1.3 times of the basic fare of the executive class of Shatabdi trains.

A journey in India's first self-propelled train from the production shops of Integral Coach Factory, from New Delhi to Varanasi in Executive class will cost Rs 3,310 (inclusive of catering charge and GST), while the same journey in Chair car will cost Rs 1,760 ((inclusive of catering charge and GST), a Railways' official order here said.

While if one is travelling from Varanasi to New Delhi Station he has to spare Rs 3,260 for Executive Class and Rs 1,700 for Chair Car.

Similarly, New Delhi to Kanpur Central will cost Rs 2,105 for Executive Class and Rs 1,090 for Chair Car; while New Delhi to Allahabad journey to one person will cost Rs 2,750 for Executive Class and Rs Rs 1395 in Chair Car.

Other charges like reservation fee, superfast surcharge, catering charge and Goods and Services Tax as applicable shall be levied separately, the order said.

Bulk booking shall be allowed in this train as the existing rule applicable for mail, express trains. To start with Tatkal quota shall be five per cent of the total accommodation for the respective classes. It should include base fare for the respective classes plus applicable class wise tatakl charges and supplementary charges, GST as applicable from time to time, it added.

No concession and child fare will be admissible in the train. Only full fare adult tickets shall be issued.

The train is scheduled to run between New Delhi-Varanasi, with stoppages at Kanpur and Allahabad.

It will operate on five days a week except Monday and Thursday.

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.