PM flag off two Vande Bharat trains in Mumbai

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off two new Vande Bharat trains from Mumbai on 10 February.

An overview of the news

  • PM Modi first flagged off the Mumbai-Solapur Vande Bharat Express from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).

  • Later, he flagged off the second Vande Bharat Express train connecting Mumbai to the temple town of Sainagar Shirdi in Ahmednagar.

  • With the commissioning of the two trains, the number of Vande Bharat Express trains running from Mumbai has increased to three, taking the number to 10 in the country.

  • The first Vande Bharat train in Maharashtra connects Mumbai to Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

  • Prime Minister Modi also dedicated the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road section and the Kurar underpass to the public.

  • He also inaugurated the new campus of Aljamia-tus-Saifiyah in Marol, a western suburb of Mumbai.

  • Aljamia-tus-Saifiya is an educational institution of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.

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 that can save diesel and reduce electricity usage by up to 30%.

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

  • It was manufactured under the 'Make in India' program at a cost of around Rs 100 crore.

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

  • In the Union Budget for 2022-2023, the government has proposed to develop and manufacture 400 new Vande Bharat trains over the next three years.

Governor of Maharashtra: Bhagat Singh Koshiyari

Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Eknath Shinde

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