Train 18, built by Indian engineers in 18 months, has been rechristened as Vande Bharat express, as a nod to its ‘Make in India’ status, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the train that is scheduled to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160kmph.
The 16-coach train, built at a cost of Rs 97 crore by the Integral Coach mill, Chennai, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi express. It’s also the first locomotive-less train in the country.
“Train 18 will now be known as Vande Bharat express. it’s a train engineered fully in India. it’s an example that it’s potential to create world-class trains below build in India,” Goyal said. The absolutely cool train will stop at Kanpur and Allahabad and will have 2 executive chair cars.
“It is totally made in India and various names were advised by the general public however we’ve decided to call it Vande Bharat express — a gift to the people on the occasion of Republic Day. will request the Prime Minister to flag it off,” he said.