Mahamana Express – a super fast train between Vadodara and Varanasi – is the latest gift from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his constituency and state both. After its flagging off today, the weekly train no 20903/20904 Vadodara–Varanasi–Vadodara Mahamana Superfast Express will start plying regularly from September 27. The Mahamana Express – a swanky and ‘luxurious’ train will have 1 First-AC coach, 2 AC II-tier coaches, 8 sleeper-class coaches, 4 general second-class coaches, a pantry car and luggage van coaches.
According to the Ministry of Railways, the 20903 Vadodara– Varanasi–Vadodara Mahamana Superfast Express train will depart from Vadodara on every Wednesday at 07:40 PM from September 27 to reach Varanasi at 10:20 PM the next day. In the return direction the 20904 Varanasi–Vadodara Mahamana Superfast Express will depart from Varanasi on every Friday at 06:10 AM from September 29 to reach Vadodara at 09:40 AM the next day.
The Mahamana Express between Vadodara and Varanasi will stop at Bharuch, Surat, Amalner, Bhusawal, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katni, Satna and Chheoki stations in both the directions. For its inaugural run, however, the 09013 Vadodara–Varanasi Mahamana Superfast Express Special train will depart from Vadodara on September 27 at 02:00 PM to reach Varanasi at 04.40 PM the next day. In the return direction, working as inaugural special train the 09014 Varanasi–Vadodara Mahamana Superfast express will depart from Varanasi at 10.00 PM on September 23 to reach Vadodara at 01.50 AM on September 25, says the Ministry of Railways.
This is the third Mahamana Express of the Indian Railways. The train was first inaugurated by PM Modi in January 2016 between Varanasi and New Delhi. The second Mahamana Express currently plies between Bhopal and Khajuraho. Mahamana Express has been pitched as a model rake of what the future of rail travel in India would look like across various types of coaches. From upgraded plush interiors to better toilets, the train boasts of a host of new features and is visually appealing – both on the exterior and interior front.
“In order to bring about enhanced comfort to all classes of coaches, both air-conditioned as well as non-air-conditioned coaches, progressively, the Indian Railways had planned for a Model Rake Project. The new Model Rake developed is a refurbished and re-adapted version of seven types of coaches which have been servicing for the past 10-12 years on Indian Railways,” says Ministry of Railways about the Mahamana Express.