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PM Modi flags off two new Vande Bharat Express trains

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging Vande Bharat Express train from Gorakhpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday (Video grab courtesy: PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off two new, upgraded versions of Vande Bharat Express trains from Gorakhpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh.

Heralding a new era of comfortable and enhanced rail travel experience, the new Vande Bharat Express trains are running between Gorakhpur-Lucknow via Ayodhya and Jodhpur-Ahmedabad (Sabarmati).

These trains will improve connectivity among the state capitals and other cities, reduce the travelling time and enhance the comfort of journey.

Uttar Pradesh’s second Vande Bharat Express train will depart from Gorakhpur and will reach Lucknow the same day with stoppages at Basti and Ayodhya. With the operation of Vande Bharat train, the connectivity of Gorakhpur and Lucknow and nearby religious places and tourist places will increase,as well as the all-round development of the region will also enhance. This route will also fulfill the long demand of connectivity between the religious towns.

Rajasthan’s Jodhpur-Ahmedabad (Sabarmati) Vande Bharat Express train will depart from Jodhpur Railway Station and reach Ahmedabad (Sabarmati) station the same day with stoppage at Pali Marwad, Ranakpur Abu Road. It will facilitate easy and fast travel, and become an important medium to connect the culture, tourism and pilgrimage places of these regions. Vande Bharat Express will also provide a pleasant and better rail travel experience.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Gorakhpur Railway Station redevelopment. The station will be redeveloped at a cost of around Rs 498 crore and will provide world class passenger amenities.

Vande Bharat Express trains offer a myriad of superior amenities which will provide passengers with world class comfortable travelling experience & advanced state-of-the-art safety features including Kavach technology. Each train has been provided with bogies having fully suspended traction motors for 160 kmph operational speed. The advanced state-of-the-art suspension system ensures smooth and safe journey & enhanced riding comfort for passengers.

The train has been designed to increase Indian Railways’ green footprint by dispensing with the power cars and saving about 30% electricity with advanced regenerative braking system.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Gorakhpur MP Ravi Kishan Shukla were also present at the venue as PM Modi flagged off the trains.