PM flag off Bhopal-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express at Rani Kamlapati Railway Station

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On April 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express train between Bhopal and New Delhi from Rani Kamalapati Railway Station in Bhopal.

An overview of the news

  • The new train being introduced between Rani Kamalapati Railway Station, Madhya Pradesh and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi will be the 11th Vande Bharat train of the country.

  • This indigenously designed train is equipped with state-of-the-art passenger amenities.

  • The Vande Bharat train between Madhya Pradesh and New Delhi will cover the distance of 701 km in seven hours and 30 minutes and will run on all days except Saturdays.

  • It will stop at Veerangana Laxmibai Jhansi, Gwalior and Agra.

  • The train is equipped with advanced state-of-the-art safety features including Collision Avoidance System - Kavach.

  • Each coach is fitted with CCTV cameras and passengers can talk to the drivers in case of emergency.

  • The executive coaches of the train have been equipped with 180-degree swivel seats.

About Vande Bharat Express Train

  • The first Vande Bharat Express was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 February 2019.

  • These trains have a self-propelled engine which can save diesel and reduce electricity usage by up to 30%.

  • The first Vande Bharat Express was manufactured by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.

  • It was manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ programme, at a cost of about Rs 100 crore.

  • These trains can achieve a maximum speed of 160 kmph.

  • In the Union Budget for 2022-2023 the government has proposed the development and manufacture of 400 new Vande Bharat trains in the next three years.

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