New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to flag off the country’s fourth semi-high speed Vande Bharat train from Una in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday. This is likely be one of the last major events in the state just before the likely announcement of election dates.
According to sources said the Vande Bharat Express will run between Una and Delhi via Chandigarh. They said the schedule of the train and fares would be announced soon. TOI had on Sunday first reported the government’s plan to run the train on Delhi-Una sector before the poll dates are announced.
According to officials, the train having 16 coaches, which was dispatched from the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, has reached Delhi and it will be taken to Una for the event. This train can run at a maximum speed of 180 kmph like the one that was flagged off by the PM.
Since the prototype of the train has been tested extensively on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route to get clearance of the chief commissioner of railway safety (CCRS), the testing for the train for Una-Delhi route won’t require such test.
This second generation Vande Bharat has improved amenities and higher speed compared to the two first generation trains that are currently running on Delhi-Varanasi and Delhi-Katra routes.