Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly upgraded Vande Bharat train between Gandhinagar and Mumbai on Friday. The newly upgraded Vande Bharat Express, a semi-high-speed train.
The train is flagged off at 10.30 am After the train was flagged off from Gandhinagar capital, the train carrying the Prime Minister left for Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad. The train is the third of its kind. The first train runs on the New Delhi-Varanasi route, while the second runs on the New Delhi-Vishno Devi Katra route.
The train passengers will enjoy an airplane-like travel experience with advanced safety features including new Kavach technology. An indigenously developed train collision avoidance system has been added, officials said.
Executive chair car fares traveling from Mumbai to Ahmedabad will be charged at Rs 2,505, while chair car fares will be charged at Rs 1,385.
Commercial operation of Bharat Superfast Express on Gandhinagar-Mumbai route will start from October 1. Its timetable will run the train on this route six days a week except Sundays. The train will leave Mumbai Central Station at 6.10 am and reach Gandhinagar at 12.30 pm. On return the train will leave Gandhinagar at 2.05 hrs and reach Mumbai Central at 8.35 hrs.
It will stop at Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad stations in both directions.
Vande Bharat Express indigenous technology indigenous design more attractive semi-high speed self-propelled train 16 coach set. The train is capable of traveling at a speed of 160 kmph in just 140 seconds. Sliding footsteps and automatic plug doors and touch-free sliding doors inside the coach. The seats inside the executive class are revolving.
Here are the in-flight amenities — bio-vacuum toilets with touch-free facilities and lavatories for Divyang (specially-disabled) passengers. Seat numbers are arranged in Braille on the seat handles to assist visually-impaired passengers. The train has special attention to Kavach (Train Collision Avoidance) safety system.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the first phase of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project between Thaltej and Vastral on the second day of his visit to Gujarat on Friday.
(with input from PTI)