NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Indian Railways on 10 October gave approval to railway zones for running 39 new trains. The Ministry of Railways said that these trains will be introduced as special services from an early convenient date. The list of trains also includes the second Vande Bharat Express train which operates between New Delhi and Katra in Jammu & Kashmir.
It is a semi-high speed train and has remained suspended for nearly 200 days since the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic in the country. The New Delhi- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Vande Bharat Express will operate six-day in a week except for Tuesday. Vande Bharat Express can run at a speed of 160kmph and is considered to be the country’s first semi-high speed train. Earlier, the Indian Railways had already started the New Delhi Varanasi Vande Bharat Express in the month of September.
Indian Railways suspended the operations of Vande Bharat Express on 23 March after a nationwide lockdown was imposed to stop the spread of covid-19 in the country. The second Vande Bharat Express train which operates between New Delhi and Katra, however, remains suspended as of now Indian Railways have started the New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express which will operate five days in a week except on Monday and Thursday.