PM Modi flags off Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express train
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Rajasthan’s first Vande Bharat Express train on 12 April.
An overview of the news
The inaugural train will run between Jaipur and Delhi Cantt Railway Station. Regular train service will start between Ajmer and Delhi Cantt with stops at Jaipur, Alwar and Gurgaon.
New Vande Bharat Express will cover the distance between Delhi Cantt and Ajmer in 5 hrs 15 mins.
The fastest train on the same route, Shatabdi Express takes 6 hrs 15 mins from Delhi Cantt to Ajmer.
Thus the new Vande Bharat Express will be 60 minutes faster than the existing fastest train running on the same route.
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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