Now, Train 18 from Mum soon

Re­named as Vande Bharat Ex­press, the train would com­plete dis­tance of 795 km in 8 hours

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - STATE - Shashank Rao [email protected]­dia.net

MUM­BAI: There is good news for Mum­bai train trav­ellers as the sec­ond Train 18, which has been named as Vande Bharat Ex­press will run till Mum­bai. On Satur­day Union Rail­way min­is­ter Piyush Goyal in­formed DNA about the same. This comes at a time when Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is ex­pected to flag-off In­dia’s fastest en­gine­less semi-high speed train on Fe­bru­ary 15.

“We are al­ready in process of man­u­fac­tur­ing more Train 18s. It will surely start from Mum­bai soon,” con­firmed Piyush Goyal to DNA af­ter his press con­fer­ence Satur­day evening. He spoke to me­dia af­ter the party launched ‘Bharat ke mann ki baat, Modi ke saath’, a month long drive to seek peo­ple’s sug­ges­tions for pre­par­ing their man­i­festo. Peo­ple can hope for ride on Mum­bai-Delhi route on a Train 18 soon. As per plans, Train 18 is set to re­place Shatabdi Ex­press. The Vande

Bharat Ex­press, which can run at speed upto 180 kmph, will make its de­but on Delhi-Varanasi route. Se­nior rail­way of­fi­cial said, “We are in process of fi­nal­is­ing newer routes for Train 18.”

From Varanasi to New Delhi, the pas­sen­gers will be charged Rs 349 and Rs 288 in the ex­ec­u­tive class and chair, re­spec­tively. They will be served evening tea with snacks and din­ner. The fares would be over 40 per cent higher than that of Shatabdi Ex­press.

This train would com­plete the dis­tance of 795 km in eight hours which is way faster than ex­ist­ing trains. This train will have ameni­ties like high-speed on-board WiFi, GPS-based pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, touch-free bio-vac­uum toi­lets, LED light­ing, mo­bile charg­ing points and a tem­per­a­ture con­trol sys­tem. It will have two ex­ec­u­tive com­part­ments hav­ing 52 seats each and trailer coaches with 78 seats each.

—HE­MANT PADALKAR/DNA

Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Ab­bas Nakvi at press con­fer­ence held at Na­ri­man point.

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