Vande Bharat Express breaks down a day after launch
February 17, 2019
On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express, India's fastest train. But the train met with technical glitches and broke down on Saturday. Reportedly, the brakes jammed in one of the coaches and electricity went off in several others. According to engineers on the train, the snag was unfixable at the moment and the train could cross speed of 40 kmph. The train broke down 200 kms outside New Delhi, which was its starting point.
The issue that led to the breakdown of the #VandeBharatExpress must be addressed before it hits commercial operations & the train 18s under production also shud be tested more rigorously Mr. @PiyushGoyal-Kushal Sharma, Twitter User
The train started to make weird noises on Saturday early morning. That is when authorities decided to take a look. Passengers inside the train including railway officials and journalists had to be shifted to another train after it broke down. Loco pilots said that the most probable reason for the train to be jammed is because it might have hit a cow on the tracks.
While most of the social media users criticised the government for running the train hastily, some of them came out and supported the government.
"The issue that led to the breakdown of the #VandeBharatExpress must be addressed before it hits commercial operations & the train 18s under production also shud be tested more rigorously Mr. @PiyushGoyal", tweeted Sudhansu Patro.
Detailed investigations are being held to understand what the real cause of the breakdown is. Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, had its destination at Varanasi.