PM flags off Vande Bharat Express from Dehradun to Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express from Dehradun to Delhi on 25 May through video conferencing.
An overview of the news
The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the newly electrified railway sections in the state and declared Uttarakhand as a 100% electric traction state.
This will be the sixth Vande Bharat connecting Delhi through various routes.
As of now, the national capital is connected to Ajmer, Varanasi, Katra, Bhopal and Amb Andaura.
This semi-high-speed train is India's 18th and Uttarakhand's first Vande Bharat train, which will start its inaugural run from Dehradun to Delhi's Anand Vihar Terminal.
The train is equipped with world-class amenities, which will usher in a new era of comfortable travel experiences, especially for tourists traveling to the state.
It has advanced security features including armor technology.
The regular operations for the Delhi-Dehradun Vande Bharat Express will start on 29 May.
With a travel time of 4 hours and 45 minutes, the train will cover a distance of 302 km.
The train will operate on all days of the week, except Wednesdays.
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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