DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Indian Railways plans to launch 9 new semi-high-speed trains of which the majority will be deployed in the poll-bound states of Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh. The Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, will be developing the coaches for the same.
Developed by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, Vande Bharat is India’s first semi-high-speed train developed indigenously to facilitate easy & efficient commutations. The Indian Railways now plans to hit the tracks with 9 more Vande Bharat trains, of which 5 have been finalised while 3 have been given to the Southern Railways, for which the routes are yet to be decided, and the details of the 4th train are not known yet. These are:
- Indore – Jaipur Vande Bharat Express
- Jaipur-Udaipur Vande Bharat Express
- Puri – Rourkela Vande Bharat Express
- Patna-Howrah Vande Bharat Express
- Jaipur-Chandigarh Vande Bharat Express
There are plans underway to launch these trains after a careful and well-thought-out event to be held by the Indian Railways.
Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Railways Minister, while addressing a gathering in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch said,” It is time for Vande Bharat to run on this route. Your Member of Parliament (MP) Sudhir Gupta has already requested for the same. Vande Bharat Express will run on your route soon”. Some media reports also suggest that the Puri -Rourkela route Vande Bharat is likely to be flagged off by PM Modi on 30th September.
Among the 25 active Vande Bharat trains, the Nagpur-Bilaspur Express reported the highest occupancy of 106.40%. As per the railways, the total number of passengers who travelled in Vande Bharat trains in the Central Railway region from 15 August-8 September is 1.22 lakh, while the revenue generated in this period is 10.72 crores.
Vande Bharat offers its travellers high-class amenities with easy & efficient commute. It has been built using state-of-the-art technology that offers the best possible experience in commutation. On average, it reduces travel time by about 15%. Challenges to the project include operational costs, demand-supply compliance and sanctions.
While it is imperative for the railways to continuously explore new technologies and make them available to the commuters to make the flow easier and more efficient, Vande Bharat has been proven to be the most successful of the available technologies so far.