Vande Bharat 2 : Railways to introduce new avatar of high-speed train

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Indian Railways is going to introduce Vande Bharat-2, the new avatar of the high-speed train Vande Bharat.


Features of Vande Bharat 2 :

  • It will be equipped with more advancements and improved features like 0 to 100 Kmpl speed in just 52 seconds, maximum speed up to 180 Kmph, lesser weight of 392 tons instead of 430 tons, and WI-FI facility.

  • The new Vande Bharat will also have 32-inch LCD TVs which were 24 inches in the earlier versions.

  • The 15 percent more energy efficient AC with the dust free clean air cooling of the traction motor will make travel more comfortable.

  • The facility of side recliner seats which is being provided to the executive class passengers will now be made available for all classes.


About Vande Bharat Express :

  • 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.

  • Currently, two Vande Bharat Expresses are operational - first between New Delhi and Varanasi and the second from New Delhi to Katra.

  • 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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