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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