Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra train flagged off by Amit Shah; Home Minister promises high-speed rail network

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New Delhi | Updated:Oct 03, 2019 6:29:00 pm

Vande Bharat Express Delhi to Katra highlights: Home Minister Amit Shah today flagged off the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express train from the New Delhi railway station.

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Vande Bharat Express Delhi to Katra highlights: Home Minister Amit Shah today flagged off the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express train from the New Delhi railway station. He congratulated the Indian Railways community for the second Vande Bharat Express between Delhi and Katra. He said that the government, under the leadership of PM Modi, is working on spreading the network of high-speed railways in the country. Under Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Indian Railways is fulfilling PM Modi’s vision of speed, scale and service, Amit Shah said.

Speaking at the function, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the new Vande Bharat Express is the fastest train between Delhi and Katra Vaishno Devi. The Railway Minister congratulated Indian Railways engineers for their hard work that resulted in the world-class Vande Bharat Express being manufactured. He also assured that Indian Railways will continue to focus on improving railway connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir. Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways is launching the new Vande Bharat train during Navratras. Significantly, with the new technology, Vande Bharat train sets are able to reduce the travel time between two destinations by around 40%. The new Train 18 will reduce the travel time between Delhi and Mata Vaishno Devi Katra stations to just 8 hours from the current 12 hours.

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Train number 22439/22440 will begin commercial services from October 5. The New Delhi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express train will run all days of the week, except for Tuesday. Vande Bharat Express is a 16-coach all air-conditioned chair car service offering more onboard passenger comforts than the Shatabdi Express. The engine-less self-propelled Vande Bharat Express is also India’s fastest train set. Follow Financial Express Online’s live blog to track the latest news LIVE from the launch of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express and know the special features of this new train by Indian Railways.

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    12:37 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch: PM Modi calls Train 18 Navratri gift

    "A Navratri gift for my sisters and brothers of Jammu as well as devotees of Maa Vaishno Devi! The New Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Maa Vaishno Devi, Katra will improve connectivity as well as spiritual tourism," PM Narendra Modi tweeted.

    10:56 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Amit Shah asks Indian Railways to document relationship with Mahatma Gandhi

    Paying a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth-anniversary, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Indian Railways should document its relationship with Mahatma Gandhi because this forms a significant episode in the freedom struggle.

    10:53 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Major achievement by Indian Railways

    Union Minister Amit Shah has said that Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-Katra route is a 'big gift' for Jammu and Kashmir. This train will help promote development and religious tourism in the region, said Shah.

    10:50 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Amit Shah says he is proud of 'Made in India' train

    Amit Shah has said that he was proud that this 'Made in India' train was being flagged-off from at New Delhi Railway station today. The railways has been working towards achieving its targets keeping in mind principles of speed, scale and service, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

    10:43 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Train 18 launched at New Delhi Railway station

    10:38 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal at Train 18 launch

    10:24 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Amit Shah lauds Indian Railways

    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Karat will mark the beginning of a new chapter of development, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Shah has backed Indian Railways for promoting Make-In-India initiative.

    10:15 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Amit Shah invokes Mahatma Gandhi

    Vande Bharat Express is a major hallmark of Make-In-India and a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's dream, vision on his 150th birth anniversary.

    10:13 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Train 18 to promote tourism, says Amit Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah has pitched for speed, scale and service of Indian Railways. He has said that Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra will promote tourism.

    10:10 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Home Minister hails railway community

    Home Minister Amit Shah at the launch of the second Vande Bharat Express congratulated and hailed the entire Indian Railways community for the launch.

    10:08 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Safety in focus, says Piyush Goyal

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that Home Minister Amit Shah has asked him to focus on enhanced safety in trains.  Goyal said that CCTVs will be extensively installed on the entire Indian Railways network to ensure this.

    10:07 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: No more stone-pelting menace

    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra train has continuous windows as well as special protection gear to thwart stone-pelting.

    10:05 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Piyush Goyal talks of railways as an enabler of economic activity

    At the launch of the second Vande Bharat Express, Piyush Goyal said that over 5,000 railway stations now offer the facility of free high-speed WiFi. He also said that in the coming days, over 6,500 railway stations will have the free RailWire WiFi.

    10:04 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Piyush Goyal's big annoucement

    At the launch event of Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra at New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), Railway Minister Piyush Goyal asserted that Indian Railways will connect Kashmir to Kanyakumari by 2022

    10:01 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express LIVE: Piyush Goyal promises extensive railway connectivity in Jammu & Kashmir

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal promised that after the launch of the new Vande Bharat Express, Indian Railways will continue its focus on enhances railway connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, including the highest bridge over the Chenab river.

    09:59 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Bullet train-style, more modern features

    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra has a bullet train-style feature. It has a conical driver cabin and white and blue colour scheme. There has been a cattle guard, which has been installed in the front to check damage.

    09:57 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express LIVE: Piyush Goyal congratulates everyone

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal congratulates everyone on the launch of the New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express at a function at the New Delhi Railway station.

    09:52 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express LIVE: MoS Jitendra Singh at the function

    MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh highlights the fact that the Vaishno Devi Katra railway station runs fully on solar power. The station's roofs have solar panels fitted on them, generating enough electricity to light up the fans and lights at the station.

    09:46 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Similarity with metro

    The Vande Bharat Express' driving cabin has similarity to that of metro coaches. The aerodynamic driving cabin at each end of Vande Bharat Express has eliminated the need to reverse the train when it reaches the terminal railway stations. The self-propelled train has the capability to operate as a computer unit.

    09:42 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Beautiful images of Vande Bharat Express

    Planning to book tickets for Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra train. Take a look at these beautiful images of Vande Bharat Express

    09:40 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Future of railway travel in India

    At the launch of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express train, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said that the Vande Bharat class of train sets are being liked by passengers and that they are a step in the direction of future of railway travel in India.

    09:39 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: PM Modi flagged off 1st Vande Bharat Express

    Delhi-Katra train is second Vande Bharat Express. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-Varanasi route.

    09:36 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Amit Shah inspects train

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah has inspected the Vande Bharat Express at New Delhi Railwa station (NDLS). He was accompanied by Indian Railways officials and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

    09:32 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal at New Delhi station

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal have reached New Delhi Railway station. They will shortly flag off India's semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-Katra route. 

    09:29 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Number of seats, coaches

    The Vande Bharat train consists of 16 coaches with 1,128 seats in total. Out of this 16 coaches, 14 coaches are of regular chair car. The regular chair car coaches have 936 seats. The remaining 2 coaches are of executive chair car with 104 seats.

    09:15 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Vande Bharat Express is India's pride

    According to Indian Railways, Vande Bharat Express is India's pride. Unique features of Vande Bharat are world class facility, comfortable journey, Make-in-India's pride, India's second Vande Bharat Express.

    09:11 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Indian Railways lists facilities

    Indian Railways said that Vande Bharat Express has CCTV surveilance, GPS-based information system, Wi-Fi internet facility, bio-vacuum toilet

    09:00 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat train speed

    Vande Bharat Express has the capability to run at a maximum speed of 180 kmph. Howver, the maximum speed of Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-Katra route would be 130 kmph.

    08:58 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: More passengers' comfort

    For passengers' comfort, Vande Bharat Express has aircraft-style adjustable LED lighting and wide luggage racks to accomodate more luggage.

    08:57 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: More comfort for passengers

    Vande Bharat Express has GPS-based passenger information screens that display information about upcoming railway stations. The train has personalised reading lights, braille integrated seat numbers, mobile charging points with every seat, and touch-friendly blinds for windows

    08:55 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Know top features

    Vande Bharat Express Delhi to Katra has fully air-conditioned chair car. The chair car has European-style seats with reclining facility. The centre table area has foldable snack table. The Executive chair car offers more luxury and comfort. Executive class seats can be rotated 360 degrees.

    08:29 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Vande Bharat train route

    Vande Bharat express Delhi-Katra has two terminal stations- New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway station (SVDK) . The trains will stop at Jammu Tawi (JAT), Ambala Cant Jn (UMB), and Ludhiana Junction (LDH).

    08:23 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express ticket booking:

    According to Ministry of Railways, ticket booking for Train number 22439/ 22440 from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Vande Bharat Express has commenced. Tickets can be booked for any journey starting from October 5 onwards.

    08:19 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Date, timings

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah will Flag off Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi (NDLS) to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway station (SVDK) in Jammu. The event is scheduled to take place on October 3 at 9 am, according to Union Home Ministry.

    08:11 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: More Train 18 sets to be introduced

    Indian Railways is offering more convenience for passengers. The national transporter was aiming to introduce 40 more Vande Bharat Express to provide world class travelling experience to passengers. 40 more self-propelled train sets will be introduced by March 2022. However, there will be a big change, the new train sets are said to consume less electricity compared to the first two Vande Bharat Express trains that run on Delhi-Varanasi and Delhi-Katra routes. The new train sets will also have Rajdhani Express-style sleeper classes for overnight journeys.

    07:53 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: New features of Vande Bharat Express

    Vande Bharat Express has new swanky features. The world class engineless train has all new AC chair car service. The train has advanced features such as automatic doors, sliding footsteps, a spacious pantry, modular bio-toilets, fully sealed gangways, European-style seats, on-board infotainment screens and aircraft-like LED lighting.

    07:47 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: Check out menu

    Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) was looking forward to offer combo meals same as it has been providing to passengers of the Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express. However, IRCTC was planning to offer more vegetarian options.

    07:43 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE: All you need to know

    07:26 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat train fares

    If you are boarding Train Number 22439, an AC Chair Car (CC) ticket will cost you Rs 1,630. An Executive Chair Car (EC) ticket will cost you Rs 3,015. You are boarding Train number 22440, an Executive Chairman Car (EC) ticket will cost Rs 2,965. An AC Chair car (CC) will cost you Rs 1,570.

    07:11 (IST)03 Oct 2019
    Vande Bharat Express Delhi-Katra Launch LIVE

    Train number 22439 Vande Bharat Express will not run on every Tuesday. Train number 22440 Vande Bharat Express will also not run on Tuesday.

    Vande Bharat Express is a shining jewel on Indian Railways' glittering crown and has been described as a major boost for the Make-in-India initiative. This is India’s first semi-high speed self-propelled train set. Currently, Indian Railways runs Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-Varanasi route.