PM Modi Flags off West Bengal’s first Vande Bharata Express on Howrah-New Jalpaiguri route
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30th December virtually flagged off Vande Bharat Express from Howrah Railway Station connecting Howrah to New Jalpaiguri.
Covering a distance of 564 km in 7.45 hours, this train will save three hours in travel time as compared to other trains on the route.
This is the first Vande Bharata Express to operate in West Bengal and eastern parts of the country.
Also, it is the seventh Vande Bharat train in the country operated by the Indian Railways.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined a series of programmes in West Bengal via video conferencing.
Apart from flagging off West Bengal’s first Vande Bharata Express train he also launched key connectivity-related projects and the meeting of the National Ganga Council.
The flagging off of Vande Bharat is a step towards the goal of New India towards 475 such trains across India.
He also inaugurated the Joka-Taratala Stretch of Joka-Esplanade Metro Project (Purple Line) of Kolkata Metro.
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.
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