PM Modi flags off Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi Railway Station

Vande Bharat Express is India's first semi-high speed train

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off India’s semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express. This train, commonly known as Train 18, will complete the journey of Varanasi from Delhi in 8 hours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid homage tribute to the CRPF jawans for a two-minute silent tribute in the Pulwama terror attack on the launch of Vande Bharat Express.

Coming to the train’s ticket pricing, while the chair car ticket tickets for Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 will cost Rs. 1,760 and the executive class fare will be Rs. 3,310, the tickets can be booked online.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and members of Railway Board were present on this occasion and they too became part of the inauguration of the train. “I am grateful to designers and engineers behind Vande Bharat Express which will take its first trip from Delhi to Varanasi today. With our sincerity and hard work in the last 4.5 years we have tried to improve railways,” the Prime Minister said.

The train can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph. Presently, it runs between Delhi to Varanasi in 9 hours and 45 minutes, including stoppages at Kanpur and Prayagraj.

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