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Modi flags off Vande Bharat Express, India’s fastest train

February 16, 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off India's fastest train Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 on Friday from the national capital in New Delhi. The train will run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 km/hour. The train which is fully air-conditioned has 16 coaches. It has been built at a cost of Rs 97 crore. Vande Bharat Express will cut travel time by 15% when compared to Shatabdi Express.

India gets the first Semi High Speed Train, 'Vande Bharat Express-Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

This is India's first semi high speed train. The journey from Delhi to Varanasi is expected to take at least nine hours in Vande Bharat Express. It will stop at Allahabad and Kanpur as well. On the inaugural day, special programmes were planned at both the stops. Vande Bharat Express has a seating capacity of over 1128 passengers.

Electric equipments of this train are shifted below so that there will be more space and room for passengers.

"India's fastest train #VandeBharatExpress (code-named Train 18) at New Delhi Railway station. Indian Railways' first engine-less train - Train 18 - has been manufactured at a cost of Rs 97 crore and is a proud Make In India product", tweeted Rabiul Islam.

During the inauguration, Modi observed a two minute silence for the martyrs who died at the suicide attack at Pulwama in Srinagar.

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