GORAKHPUR (Metro Rail News): On 07th July 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two Vande Bharat Express trains in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, marking a special day for the residents. The Gorakhpur-Lucknow Vande Bharat Express became UP’s second train, while the Jodhpur-Sabarmati Vande Bharat Express became the second train for Rajasthan.
Prominent personalities such as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kishan Shukla, public representatives, and special guests graced the event with their presence.
The second Vande Bharat Express in Uttar Pradesh will operate from Gorakhpur to Lucknow, making stops at Basti and Ayodhya along the way. This new train will improve connectivity between Gorakhpur, Lucknow, religious sites, and tourist destinations, contributing to the overall development of the region.
The Jodhpur-Sabarmati Vande Bharat train will link the cities of Pali, Abu Road, Palanpur, and Mehsana, connecting Jodhpur in Rajasthan to Sabarmati in Gujarat. This will be Gujarat’s second semi-high-speed train, alongside the existing Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express. The introduction of this train will enable convenient and speedy travel, playing a vital role in connecting cultural, tourism, and pilgrimage sites in these areas.
The Vande Bharat Express is now present in all rail-electrified states across India. It operates on 23 routes with 46 services, making it the fastest-running train in the Indian Railways. With the introduction of these two trains, the operational services of the Vande Bharat Express will reach a significant milestone of 50 services on 25 routes.
The first Vande Bharat Express was launched on February 15, 2019, between New Delhi and Varanasi. These trains, manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, embody India’s ‘Make-In-India‘ initiative and demonstrate the country’s engineering prowess.