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How many Vande Bharat Express trains are operational in India? Check govt's response

ICF introduced the first semi-high-speed train, commonly known as the Vande Bharat Express, during the year 2018-19. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking its journey from New Delhi to Varanasi.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi New Delhi Published on: February 07, 2024 19:41 IST
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Vande Bharat Express: The number of Vande Bharat trains has been increased to 82 and work is underway to increase the speed of these trains to 160 kilometres per hour on the New Delhi-Mumbai and New Delhi-Howrah routes, the government informed Parliament on Wednesday.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha to questions raised by 10 MPs regarding the services of the Vande Bharat trains, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, "As on January 31, 2024, 82 Vande Bharat train services are operating across the Indian Railways, connecting states having Broad Gauge (BG) electrified network."

"Besides, provision of stoppage of train services and introduction of new train services, including Vande Bharat, are ongoing processes on Indian Railways subject to traffic justification, operational feasibility, resource availability etc.," he added.

To questions on the state-wise average income generation from the Vande Bharat trains, the Minister said, "Train-wise and state-wise revenue generated is not maintained."

Vaishnaw on Vande Bharat trains  speed

Regarding the steps that the railway is taking to increase the speed of the Vande Bharat trains, Vaishnaw said that sectional speed over 10,981 route kilometres covering Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) and diagonal routes and other 'B' routes have been raised to 130 kmph.

"Further, works for raising of sectional speed to 160 kmph on existing New Delhi-Mumbai (including Vadodara-Ahmedabad) and New Delhi-Howrah (including Kanpur-Lucknow) routes have been taken up," he added.

On the question of occupancy in the Vande Bharat trains, the minister said, "During the financial year 2022-23, overall occupancy of Vande Bharat trains was 96.62 per cent."

On other changes proposed in the said trains for the convenience of passengers, the minister said, "The improved version of Vande Bharat trains presently running over the Indian Railway network with enhanced safety features, faster acceleration, better ride index and passenger amenities, such as automatic plug doors, reclining ergonomic seats, comfortable seating with revolving seats in executive class, mobile charging sockets for every seat etc. and is fitted with KAVACH system." 

About Vande Bharat Express

Vande Bharat Express is an indigenously manufactured, semi-high speed and self-propelled train set. The train is equipped with state-of-the-art passenger amenities, providing passengers with a faster, more comfortable and convenient travel experience.  The Vande Bharat train is India's first indigenously manufactured semi-high-speed trainset, also known as Train 18. It is designed to run at speeds of up to 160 km/h and is equipped with modern amenities such as GPS-based passenger information systems, onboard Wi-Fi, and CCTV cameras for enhanced security.

There has been a growing demand for the introduction of sleeper class Vande Bharat trainsets, which are capable of operating on long-distance routes such as Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah. Currently, all operational Vande Bharat trains only have chair car and executive chair car classes, which cater to shorter distance routes.

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Also Read: 40,000 normal rail bogies to be converted to Vande Bharat standards: Sitharaman

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