PM Modi flags off Vande Bharat Express for Kerala

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PM Modi flags off Vande Bharat Express for Kerala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th April flagged off Kerala’s first Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod at Thiruvananthapuram Central Station.

An overview of the news

  • The train will cover 11 districts of Kerala. Vande Bharat train between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod will cover a distance of approximately 588 kms in approximately eight hours.

  • It will have stoppages at Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Thrissur, Shoranur, Kozhikode and Kannur.

  • The Vande Bharat Express will be about an hour faster than the Rajdhani running on the same route.

  • Prime Minister Modi dedicated to the nation various projects worth more than three thousand two hundred crore rupees.

  • He also dedicated the Kochi Water Metro to the nation.

  • The project connects ten islands around Kochi through battery operated electric hybrid boats for seamless connectivity with Kochi city.

  • He also laid the foundation stone of Digital Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • The Digital Science Park is envisaged as a premier research facility for developing digital products and services by industry and business units in collaboration with academia.

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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