Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had said that the country will have 4,500 Vande Bharat trains running across India by 2047, while Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had said that more than 12,000 train coaches are equipped with digital display boards.
Indian Railways is gearing up to launch Vande Bharat Express trains on several routes across the country soon. Currently, the country operates 34 Vande Bharat train services on the broad gauge electrified network connecting various states.
Vande Bharat Express is a domestically manufactured, semi-high-speed, and self-propelled train set. This modern train is equipped with state-of-the-art passenger amenities, providing travelers with a fast, comfortable, and convenient journey.
Jammu-Srinagar Vande Bharat Express: According to reports, the railway has allocated the Vande Bharat Express train for the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link in Jammu and Kashmir. This electric train with eight coaches is the first of its kind in the centrally administered region.
The Northern Railway successfully conducted a 15-kilometer trial run of the USBRL between Banihal and Khari stations in the Ramban district last week. Once the Kashmir Valley is connected to the Indian Railways network, the journey from Jammu to Srinagar is expected to take approximately 3.5 hours.
Secunderabad-Pune Vande Bharat Train: The South Central Railway (SCR) is planning to introduce a semi-high-speed train between Secunderabad in Telangana and Pune in Maharashtra. According to reports, this train will replace the existing Shatabdi Express on this route.
Details about the travel time and stops are not available yet, but it is expected to offer a faster journey than the current Shatabdi Express, which takes around 8 hours and 25 minutes and includes stops at Secunderabad, Begumpet, Vikarabad Junction, Tandur, Wadi Junction, Kalaburagi Junction, Solapur, and Pune.
Bangalore-Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express: There are possibilities of another Vande Bharat Express connecting the capital city of Karnataka, Bangalore, to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Reports suggest that this route is under consideration due to public demand, as many people frequently travel between these two cities.
According to BJP leader and Coimbatore South MLA Vanathi Srinivasan, the railway is considering starting the Vande Bharat Express on the Bangalore-Coimbatore route, and an official announcement is expected soon. Currently, trains like Ernakulam Intercity SF Express, Coimbatore Uday Express, Kanyakumari Express, and Coimbatore Express operate on this route, taking approximately 6 hours and 45 minutes to 9 hours.
Varanasi-Delhi Vande Bharat Express: Sources have informed The Hindu that Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the second Vande Bharat Express on the Delhi-Varanasi route on December 18. This second train is being introduced due to high demand from passengers.
Currently, the 22436 Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express departs from Delhi at 6 am and reaches Varanasi around 2 pm. On the return journey, the train departs from Varanasi at 3 pm and reaches Delhi at 11 pm. The new train on this route is expected to depart from Delhi in the afternoon, offering an additional option for travelers.
In addition to these trains, reports also suggest that Vande Bharat trains are expected to operate on the following routes: Mumbai-Jalna, Pune-Vadodara, Tatanagar-Varanasi, Patna-Jalpaiguri, Madgaon-Mangalore, Delhi-Amritsar, Indore-Surat, Mumbai-Kolhapur, and Patna-New Jalpaiguri.
Meanwhile, last week, on December 8, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia stated that there will be 4,500 Vande Bharat trains in operation by the year 2047.
Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also mentioned in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that more than 12,000 newly manufactured train coaches are equipped with digital display boards providing information on upcoming stations, destinations, train running status, and other safety announcements. These digital display boards are available in trains like Vande Bharat, Push-Pull, Tejas, Humsafar, Electric Multiple Unit (EMU), and Mainline trains.
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