New Delhi, Oct : Vande Bharat Express, which began its operation from here to Katra in Jammu region recently, is a dream come true project for the pilgrims of Mata Vashino Devi with its combination of speed and grandeur.
The semi-high speed train, considered an engineering marvel, has eased travel to Katra by reducing journey to just eight hours from the national capital and expanded its footprint in Jammu and Kashmir.
Vande Bharat Express, whose name depicts a sense of respect for India, was flagged off here on Thursday morning by Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a spectacular function. He termed it as a ‘big gift’ so far as the development of the state is concerned.
People who had gathered on either side of the track waved in a gesture of praise and amazement as the train passed through villages. A lot of excitement was visible among the young and old alike at Ambala and Ludhiana stations when the train stopped for scheduled halts amid warm welcome and security.
A large number of people had gathered at the already crowded stations just to have a glimpse of the Vande Bharat Express. Amid chants of 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', the train was given a rousing welcome at Katra railway station.
Zipping in between cities at high speed, the train has drastically brought down the travel time between Delhi and Katra to eight hours from the current 12 hours and will run on all days except Tuesdays.
The semi high speed train was built under ‘Make in India' initiative and the railways was working towards achieving its targets keeping in mind principles of speed, scale and service.
Vande Bharat express has been tested at 180 kmph and can run upto the maximum speed of 160 kmph on passenger service. This train has more seating capacity than the conventional Shatabdi train with equal number of coaches.
The train, a project to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of ' Make in India,' is incorporated with features and amenities which match the global standards of performance, safety and passenger comfort that has been designed and made in India.
Equipped with automatic doors, GPS based audio-visual passenger information system and very comfortable seats, the train has 16 highly advanced air conditioned coaches including two executive class coaches.
The chairs in executive class can rotate freely to face the direction of motion or the fellow co-passengers. All toilets are bio-vaccuum type.
Earlier the first Vande Bharat express from New Delhi to Varanasi was flagged off on February 15 last by PM Modi with service on all days, except Mondays and Thursdays. More features have been incorporated in this rail service to increase the passenger comfort. The area for the pantry facilities has been increased, deep freezers have been added, there is a wider access area in vestibules, an individual access panel for window blinds and provision of centralized loading of infotainment incorporated.
As a step towards green initiative, the train has been provided with regenerative brake system which can lead to savings of up to 30 per cent consumption of electrical energy.(UNI)